AM, M Mus (Qld), Dip Mus (Melb), AmusA, FQCM
Tasmanian-born Max Olding, is one of Australia’s most distinguished musicians.He has performed in Australia, UK,USA, Austria, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Korea, Norfolk Island, and Vanuatu as solo pianist, duo pianist, and / or conductor of orchestral, choral and operatic concerts and productions. He has also held several posts as organist and choirmaster.
Throughout his career, Max Olding has collaborated with national and international artists as well as with his wife, Pamela Page, son Dene Olding and daughter-in-law Irena Morozova in concert tours, recitals, chamber music festivals and on cruises. His repertoire covers all piano genres (including several premieres and first performances}. He has recorded works for violin and piano by Mozart, Beethoven & Brahms with Dene, as well as works for two pianos by Debussy & Messiaen with Pamela.
He began his tertiary teaching career at the Melbourne University Conservatorium and has held senior teaching and administrative positions in the Queensland Conservatorium of Music-Griffith University (Deputy Director and Principal Lecturer in Piano), the Queensland University of Technology (Acting Head and Senior Lecturer), the City University of New York (Visiting Professor), the Australian National Academy of Music (Visiting Artist) and The University of Queensland where he teaches.
There is an impressive list of his students who are laureates of major events including, the Sydney, Busoni, Dong-Ah, London International Competitions and winners of the Landa and Allison Scholarships. In Symphony Australia’s 2010 Young Performer Awards, he produced two of the four National Finalists (keyboard) one of whom (Oliver She, now a 4th year student at UQ) subsequently won the National Final and Young Performer of the Year Award.
Max has had a long association with the Australian Music Examinations Board as a Federal Examiner. He is Deputy Chair and Principal Examiner for Queensland and has worked extensively in SE Asia and New Zealand for the Board in examining, lecturing and promotional activities. The auditorium at AMEB Queensland has been named in his honour.
He has been associated with Sydney’s Music Awards for many years, the first of which was as adjudicator at the 1952 City of Sydney Eisteddfod - the same year that he won the ABC’s Concerto and Vocal Competition. Two years later, in the inaugural Royal Concert Trust Fund Competition (London), he met his wife-to-be, Pamela Page when they shared first prize. They later married in Vienna and continued studies there with Frau Prof Viola Thern.
Max has held positions as President of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra Society, Deputy Chair of the Brisbane Institute of Art and President of the Queensland Jazz Arts Society. He is a Churchill Fellow, Patron of the Queensland Music Teachers Association, Patron of the Queensland Piano Tuners and Technicians Guild and is a Life Member of the Queensland Accompanists Guild.
He holds an MMus(Qld), DipMus(Melb) and is an Honorary Fellow of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Music Examinations Board, a recipient of the Australia Centenary Medal, a recipient of the Beethoven Bi-Centennial Medal and a Member of the Order of Australia - AM, in recognition of his service to music and to music education. He has just been awarded an HonDMus Qld.