The One Who Got Away

January 31, 2013 by J-Wire Staff
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Sincere apologies to Kathryn Selby…we missed you out on the list of those members of the Jewish community recognised for their efforts in the Australia Day Honours List.  Better late than never…


Kathryn Selby

Kathryn Selby

Ms Kathryn Shauna SELBY, PO Box 18, Northbridge NSW 2063

For significant service to the arts as a concert pianist and performer of chamber music.


Musician-in-Residence, Macquarie University, 1988-1993.

Founding Member and Manager, Macquarie Trio Australia, 1993-2006.

Founder, TriOz (piano, violin and cello trio), 2007-2011; TriOz Ensemble-in-Residence, City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney, 2008-2011.

Created, Selby and Friends series; tours nationally.

Created, A Little Lunch Music concert series; in conjunction with the City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney, 2008.

Has performed as a solo concert pianist with many major symphony orchestras in Australia and the USA.

Has performed at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, with the Australia Ensemble, the Australian String Quartet, in the Government House series in New South Wales, in the Utzon Room series at the Sydney Opera House, and at major classical music festivals around the world.

Has recorded extensively, including an all-Gershwin disc for the NAXOS label, a solo piano recital disc for ABC Classics label, a chamber CD with Canberra Wind Soloists and another with artists from the Australian Festival of Music, and with the Macquarie Trio Australia, discs of Beethoven and Piazzolla piano trios and the complete piano trios of Schubert, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Dvork.

Has been a presenter of music programs on ABC-FM, and a volunteer presenter on
2MBS-FM Radio.

Has commissioned many new works by Australian composers and regularly includes them and other Australian compositions in her concerts.

Offers free master classes for students at a number of Sydney educational institutions, and institutions both secondary and tertiary around Australia.

Awards/recognition include:

Australian Council Fellowship.

Winston Churchill Award.

Has won numerous international awards.

Kathryn Selby told J-Wire: “I was thrilled to learn that I had been nominated. It is a great honour for anyone to be included on this list and of course it made me feel very proud for my family and pleased also all those people who have become part of my extended “family” over the many years I have been presenting concerts – the audience.

I imagine those who work in the profession do so because they love it and not for the awards or the honours they may win. Those are the icing on a wonderful cake – a  life’s work continuing.

J-Wire asked Kathryn if she had encountered outstanding potential and exceptional talent whilst giving her masterclasses. She said: ” Yes indeed…many. There is a wealth of young talent out there and one of them will be featured on my first tour for 2013 coming up this month featuring the great music of Mozart, Faure and Dvorak. This young violinist is only 14 but already extraordinary.”

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