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Michael Kieran Harvey was born in Sydney and studied piano with Alan Jenkins, Gordon Watson, and at the Liszt Academy, Budapest, under Sándor Falvai. His career has been notable for its diversity and wide repertoire. He has especially promoted the works of Australian and contemporary composers.
Harvey's homage to Zappa, 48 Fugues For Frank, was premiered at Mona Foma 2010 and received the AMC Tasmanian state award for composition in 2011. His compositions have been performed by Brett and Paul Dean, Slava and Leonard Grigoryan, Dominic Harvey, Bernadette Balkus, Natsuko Yoshimoto, Ian Grandage, Arjun von Caemmerer and Alister Barker.
As a pianist, Harvey's awards include the Grand Prix in the Ivo Pogorelich Competition, USA (1993), the Debussy Medal, Paris (1986), the Australian Government's Centenary Medal (2002), and the 2009 APRA award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music.
The Michael Kieran Harvey Scholarship was established in 2006 to encourage future directions in Australian keyboard art music.
Michael Kieran Harvey is currently Adjunct Professor at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music.
Authorised by the Head of School, Tasmanian College of the Arts
15 October, 2012