Darryl Coote - piano
Darryl Coote - piano

Australian-Irish pianist DARRYL COOTE is a partner of the Team of Pianists, Artists-in-Residence at Glenfern for the National Trust of Australia (Victoria). His professional life encompasses activity as solo pianist, chamber musician, concerto soloist, teacher, adjudicator and administrator. He studied piano with Rennie Sullivan in Korumburra, then with Max Cooke at the University of Melbourne, completing Bachelor of Music with Honours and subsequently, Master of Music. Later he studied for a year with Kurt Bauer at the Musikhochschule, Hanover (Germany). He was the first winner of the national Hephzibah Menuhin Memorial Scholarship, as well as Victorian State winner of the ABC’s Instrumental and Vocal Competition.

Darryl has appeared in concert in all states of Australia and in many of Victoria’s metropolitan and regional venues. During the past twenty-one seasons, he has performed frequently in the Team of Pianists’ respected and long-running concert series, Twilight Chamber Music at Rippon Lea. An all-round ensemble performer, often he performs piano duets with Max Cooke, as well as major two-piano works with Robert Chamberlain. He is a sought-after chamber musician and accompanist, having worked with artists such as Anne Gilby (oboe), Stephen Robinson (oboe), David Thomas (clarinet), Richard Doumani (clarinet), Jacob Lawrence (tenor), Paul McMahon (tenor), Timothy Reynolds (tenor), Sally-Anne Russell (mezzo soprano), Brian Hansford (baritone), Kristy Conrau (cello), Rohan de Korte (cello), Josephine Vains (cello), Michelle Wood (cello), Lerida Delbridge (violin), Judith Hickel (violin), Charles Castleman (violin), Miwako Abe (violin), Roy Theaker (violin) and Elizabeth Sellars (violin). In collaboration with his chamber music colleagues, his performances have included works such as all three violin sonatas of Brahms, as well as Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. In 2015 he will accompany cellist Rohan de Korte (Melbourne Symphony) in two recitals of Beethoven’s cello sonatas and variations for cello. A fluent German-speaker, he enjoys presenting German art-song/Lieder, having performed Schubert’s major cycles, Die Schöne Müllerin (with Timothy Reynolds) and Winterreise (with Brian Hansford and Timothy Reynolds). He is a member of the Australian-German-Association.

Darryl has recorded and broadcast extensively on Australian radio networks, including ABC Classic FM and 3MBS FM. He features prominently on all nine CDs produced by the Team of Pianists, having recorded Bruch’s Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra with Robert Chamberlain and the New Monash Orchestra, conducted by André de Quadros. He is an experienced teacher, examiner and adjudicator, including as member of the piano faculty at Monash University. He has adjudicated major Eisteddfods in Victoria as well as interstate and has given masterclasses in Malaysia, in Germany, in China, in various universities around Australia, as well as at Boston University (USA), at the Eastman School of Music (USA) and at the Kunitachi Academy in Tokyo (Japan). In 2012, he taught in the Summer Piano School at Chethams School (Manchester, UK).

He has held administrative and leadership roles in music administration also, including as secretary of the Organising Committee for the Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference in Melbourne, 2003. For ten years he was a Council member of the Victorian Music Teachers’ Association and in 2011 he completed a three-year term as President of that association. Together with Max Cooke, he is one of the co-founders and a past adjudicator of the Australian National Piano Award (ANPA), a major national arts event held biennially. Since 2012, he has been President of the ANPA Board.

He values his Australian and Irish heritage, holding citizenship of both countries.

Upcoming Events

Rigg Bequest Classic Music 2023 - 2024: Concert 3

Voices of Grandeur - Bluestone Classics at St Kilda Presbyterian Church

An unforgettable afternoon featuring Melbourne Cappella Chamber Choir, under the direction of Nicholas Cowall, accompanied by pianist Rohan Murray. A blend of vocal prowess and piano artistry, within a repertoire spanning the soulful depths of Orthodox chant to the dramatic peaks of Italian opera and Russian and Hungarian romanticism.

Works include Pavel Chesnokov’s ethereal "Let my prayer Arise" Op. 24 No. 8, Franz Liszt's "Missa quattuor vocum ad aequales" S. 8, a selection of arias and choruses by Giacomo Puccini and Tchaikovsky's famous "1812 Overture", ingeniously arranged for piano by the composer himself. Afternoon tea refreshments will be available also, served by Friends of the Team of Pianists.

Download the concert flyer, or read more here.... Don't miss hearing these voices of grandeur in the wonderful acoustics of St Kilda Presbyterian Church!

Date and Time

Sunday March 17, 2024 at 3.00pm

Presbyterian Church St Kilda
2 Alma Road (corner of Alma Road & Barkly Street)
St Kilda, VIC, 3182

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Rigg Bequest Classic Music 2023 - 2024: Concert 4

The Hollywood Connection at Como House & Garden

Join Vivien Hamilton - mezzo-soprano, Josephine Vains - cello and Robert Chamberlain - piano for a Hollywood-inspired recital in the elegant yet intimate Ballroom at Como House and Garden. Enjoy fabulous works by André Previn, Leonard Bernstein, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Erich Korngold, George Gershwin and Australian composer Luke Severn, as you glimpse the lifestyle of the Armytage family - former occupants of this stunning National Trust mansion in South Yarra.

Seating is very limited, so choose from two performances, one at 2pm, the second at 4.30pm, with interval refreshments served on the Eastern Verandah by the Friends of the Team of Pianists! Read more here...

Date and Time

Sunday April 21, 2024 at 2.00pm or at 4.30pm

The Ballroom (inside the main house)
Como House and Garden
Corner Williams Rd & Lechlade Ave
South Yarra, VIC, 3141

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Rigg Bequest Classic Music 2023 - 2024: Concert 5

Ludwig Live at Labassa!

A unique double recital in the National Trust’s lavish 19th century mansion Labassa. Experience the opulent architectural features and impressive interiors of Labassa as you enjoy the music of Beethoven (and others!) in two contrasting 40 - 45 minute recitals in one afternoon!

Soprano Judith Dodsworth, horn player Roman Ponomariov, and pianist Robert Chamberlain perform Beethoven’s Horn Sonata in F Op. 17, Beethoven’s song-cycle An die ferne Geliebte ("To the distant beloved") Op. 98, which is rarely heard with female voice, as well as trios by Schubert and Flanders & Swann (arr.) in the Music Room. While violinist Yi Wang and pianist Darryl Coote perform Beethoven’s mighty Sonata in A major, Op 47 (Kreuzer) in the Reception Room.

Each recital will be performed twice; after interval the audience will swap rooms to hear their second recital. Both rooms are at opposite corners of the ground floor, separated by doors and the entrance hall, so each audience will not be disturbed by sound from the other recital!

With strictly limited seating, our previous Rigg Bequest double-recital at Labassa sold out early, so book soon for Ludwig Live at Labassa! Read more here...

Date and Time

Sunday May 26, 2024 at 3.00pm

Labassa
2 Manor Grove
Caulfield North, VIC, 3161
(Please note: Parking in Manor Grove is prohibited)

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Read about the other partners in the Team of Pianists

Max Cooke
Robert Chamberlain
Rohan Murray - piano
Rohan Murray - piano

For many years, MAX COOKE has been a leading figure in music performance and education, and he has taught some very talented students some of whom are Professors of Music in Germany, Scotland and in Australia. His own performances have brought him together with famous musicians and conductors.

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ROBERT CHAMBERLAIN is a versatile and accomplished pianist, with interests ranging from period performance to contemporary music and with specialisations including chamber and ensemble music. He studied for Bachelors and Masters degrees in Australia under Max Cooke, in Vienna as a winner of the Apex/Robert Stolz Scholarship, and also at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada.

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ROHAN MURRAY completed the Master of Music Performance degree at the Victorian College of the Arts with First Class Honours. He is a member of the Golden Key Honour Society, and was a grand finalist and prize-winner at the 2000 Australian Piano Award.

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