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

2020 Bernstein Piano Marathon at Rippon Lea

In this community piano event at Rippon Lea Estate, up to 100 pianists, young and old, will perform by invitation in the Ballroom at Rippon Lea, on a fine grand piano from Bernies Music Land. Bring your friends or family for a picnic, enjoy the music, gardens and wonderful heritage site, during this fundraising event for the National Trust! A range of special benefits are available on the day to performers and their families at this enjoyable musical event. See the information and invitation letter for full details and to apply to perform. Applications close Friday January 10, 2020.

Date and Time

Sunday January 26, 2020 - 10.00am to 5.00pm
Rippon Lea, 192 Hotham St, Elsternwick

Twilight Chamber Music at Rippon Lea

Concert 1 - Where the Wild Sings Are: Songs of Animals and Beasts

Icon Trio - Justine Anderson (soprano), Vivien Hamilton (mezzo-soprano), Jeannie Marsh (alto), with Robert Chamberlain (piano). A vibrant ménagèrie of Australian rounds, unaccompanied madrigals, well-known classical masterpieces, medleys of popular songs, plus a few piano solos on animal themes. Composers featured include Flanders and Swann, Rossini, Richard Rodney Bennett, Tom Lehrer and plenty more!

Date and Time

Sunday April 19, 2020 at 6.30pm
Rippon Lea Ballroom, 192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick (Melway 67 E2)

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Rigg Bequest Classic Music at Barwon Park

A Musical Flower-Garden for clarinet, cello & piano

Robert Schubert (clarinet), Josephine Vains (cello), Robert Chamberlain (piano), in a varied and highly contrasted program of chamber music, ranging from the Baroque conversational sensibility of J S Bach's Gamba Sonata in G, performed on modern instruments, through the Romantic exuberance of Bruch's pieces for clarinet, cello and piano, to the brooding passion and end-of-century energy of the little known Trio Op. 3 by Zemlinsky! Plus works by Australian composer Julian Yu and an amusing selection from Hindemith's Musikalisches Blumengartlein und Leyptziger Allerley for clarinet & cello.

Date and Time

Sunday May 3, 2020 at 2.00pm
Barwon Park, 105 Inverleigh Road, Winchelsea, VIC (Melway X911 B8)

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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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