Dr Julie Haskell
PhD, BMus, AMusA, LTCL, FTCL
Melbourne born pianist Julie Haskell began her performing career with a debut piano recital at the age of 13 at a University of Melbourne lunch-time concert, having already won many prizes and gained her Associate Diploma. At 15 she was a State winner of the ABC Instrumental and Vocal Competition; throughout this period she made many concerto, solo and television appearances and was the winner of numerous prestigious awards and prizes.
Early piano studies in Melbourne were with Jean McQuarrie and Dr Diana Weekes. She was a scholarship holder with the Australian College of Education for seven years, from the age of ten, enabling her to participate in weekly classes at the University of Melbourne. She later went on to study at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague with Theo Bruins and at the Tilburg Conservatorium with Jacques de Tiége. She later graduated from the University of Adelaide with a PhD, where she was also the winner of the Stranks Travel Fellowship. Her doctoral studies culminated in a month spent recording on several Viennese and English fortepianos at Cornell University in the USA, 2010.
Julie's performance experience is vast and has included countless solo and duo piano recitals, radio broadcasts and concerto performances. As a chamber musician she collaborates with many leading Australian and Dutch instrumentalists and singers. For many years she also worked as an orchestral pianist with the MSO and Brabants Orkest.
Julie owns several fortepianos which she uses for performances, including concertos, solo recitals and chamber music recitals with leading Early Music specialists. She is a proponent of Historical Performance Practice and frequently presents lectures in the field
Julie was a piano teacher at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne for many years. She is currently the Instrumental Studies and Chamber Music Coordinator at The Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School (VCASS). Julie is well established as one of Melbourne's leading piano teachers of young pianists and is very keen to promote good teaching practice. She frequently presents masterclasses, workshops and lectures to piano teachers and particularly enjoys working with students and teachers in regional centres.
As a collaborative pianist, Julie accompanied for many years at The University of Melbourne and The Australian National Academy of Music and was also frequently engaged as an official accompanist for competitions. She has been an AMEB examiner since 1997 and she has adjudicated many eisteddfods and competitions around the country.
Julie has worked in many voluntary roles through the years. She was a Director of The Musical Society of Victoria for nine years, ran the Waverley branch of the MSV for many years and also the Malvern branch for a short time. She the Deputy Chair of the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference Association and successfully convened the APPCA 2015 Melbourne conference. Julie first became a VMTA councillor in 1999 and served as President from 2011-2017. She is also on the Executive of the Association for Gifted and Talented Education Association (Vic).