On the Couch with Duncan Gifford

Duncan GiffordWho is Duncan Gifford?
Who’s on first, what’s on second?

What would you do differently to what you do now?
Honestly nothing, I´m happy!

Who inspires you and why?
John Coltrane, my favourite artist.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Recycle more.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
The north of Spain, beautiful beaches, mountains, and not too many tourists!

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
The Prado Museum, first stop for any visitor to Madrid!

What are you currently reading?
Bill Bryson’s 1927 – a lot of fun.

What are you currently listening to?
Snarky Puppy – a great new jazz collective in the US.

Happiness is?
A roof that doesn’t leak and a wife that doesn’t nag (a friend suggested that one!)

What does the future hold for you?
More of the same, performing and teaching!

Duncan Gifford is an Australian pianist who is currently professor of piano at the Conservatory of Palma de Mallorca since 2006 and is regularly invited to give master-classes in Spain, Ireland (Music on the Shannon International Festival) and Greece (Kavala International Music Festival).

Duncan began piano studies at the age of seven with Alison Salkeld and for several years was a student of Margaret Hair at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. In 1991 he commenced study at the Moscow State Conservatory in the class of Professor Lev Vlassenko, graduating with a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance. Gifford later completed his postgraduate studies with Professor Joaquin Soriano in Madrid, where he currently resides.

Duncan is a member of the Jury of the prestigious Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition: 23 August to 4 September at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, Brisbane. For more information, visit: www.lev-vlassenko.com for details.

Image: Duncan Gifford