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Margaret Brandman's 'Cosmic Wheel of the Zodiac' song cycle performed by Baritone Martin Cooke and the composer, will be aired in two half-hour programs presented by Patrick Thomas on the 21st and 28th of April 2017 on Sydney radio station FINE MUSIC 102.5 FM. The DVD of these songs is also available now. View the Performance and Recordings page for details.

September 2017: Margaret will travel to Prague for a concert performance of her 'Cosmic Wheel of the Zodiac' song cycle by the Prague Choir on the 14th of September. The choir will be recording the cycle for PARMA recordings.

Three new art songs in the collection titled 'From the Mountains to the Sea' for Mezzo-Soprano or Baritone voice and piano are now available. View the page for From the Mountains to the Sea for details.

Sensations recorded in the Czech Republic by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra has been receiving a great deal of international airplay since it was released in May 2016. View the Performance and Recordings page for more information.

'Warm Winds in Havana' suite for Saxophone Quartet and Percussion, recorded in Cuba last year, has been on air on many Jazz Radio programs around the world and was featured on radio HRT Croatia on April 10th this year. ABRAZO compilation CD.

 

MARGARET'S BIOGRAPHY


Margaret Brandman
Ph.D (Mus/Arts)., Hon D.L. B.Mus.(Syd)., T.Mus.A., F.Comp.ASMC., F.Mus.Ed.ASMC,
L.Perf.ASMC., HonFNMSM (UK), A.Mus.A., ASA.T.Dip., MMTA(NSW)., M.I.M.T.
International Woman of the Year for services to Music (2003)

Composer, Music Educator, Author, Arranger and Specialist Music Consultant


   

Margaret Brandman's career in music as composer, pianist, music educator, arranger and writer on music education, spans more than 40 years. Her original compositions include concert works for piano, instrumental combinations and orchestra, many of which have been published by Furore Music in Germany. These works are receiving both live and recorded performances internationally.

   

Margaret Brandman's career in music as composer, pianist, music educator, arranger and writer on music education, spans more than 40 years. Her original compositions include concert works for piano, instrumental combinations and orchestra, many of which have been published by Furore Music in Germany. These works are receiving both live and recorded performances internationally.

Rhapsodies To Rhumbas Concert 2013

   

Performances include the World Forum Gala Concert in Oxford, England in August 2012 where Margaret performed many of her works for piano and voice and 'Rhapsodies to Rhumbas' concerts (2013 and 2014) which were presented in major venues in the greater Sydney area. A team of musicians and singers performed in a two-hour concert consisting entirely of Brandman compositions.

World Piano Teacher’s Conference in Serbia Click to view larger image

   

The DVD of the 2013 concert was shown at the World Piano Teacher's Conference in Serbia in July 2015.


Parma Recordings


   
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This year (2015) the USA based company, Parma Recordings is producing a CD of Margaret's orchestral works, performed by the Moravian Symphony Orchestra in the Czech Republic. In addition her works for Saxophone Quartet will be recorded by musicians in Cuba. Margaret will be attending all the recording sessions in the coming months.

 

In October 2015 Parma Recordings featured Margaret as composer of the month. Click here for blog. Click here for the Love Brings Change video clip.

Honorary Doctorate of Letters
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Margaret is an experienced and accredited teacher who holds many degrees from various educational bodies. In 2014 she was awarded an 'Honorary Doctorate of Letters' (IBC) 'for her contributions to the world wide academic community in the field of music composition, performance and education'.


   

Margaret has authored a complete range of music education materials including Accent on Music (High School text) the Contemporary Piano Method, the Contemporary Aural Course, and numerous contemporary theory texts including Harmony Comes Together. Margaret is also the major contributing writer of the written component of the AMEB's Music Craft workbooks.

 

Margaret's pedagogical works have been at the cutting edge of music education as she pioneered new methods which have been proven to be successful and enduring. New examination syllabi are now including materials which have long existed in the Brandman methods - improvisation, efficient reading skills, chord and harmonic understanding and keyboard topography.

 

In August 2015 Newcastle piano teacher Robyn Howarth wrote to Margaret "I am thrilled to be able to give you some personal thanks. Your books have helped me countless times over the years."

   
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Her teaching DVD The Geometry of the Piano and Symmetry of the Hands was shown at the World Piano Conference in Serbia in 2011 and in 2012 and at the World Forum in 2012. It has since been awarded the 'Diploma of Excellence', the highest accolade of the World Piano Teacher's Association. This year (2015) Margaret again presented this DVD to a packed and appreciative audience at the Australian Piano Pedagogy Conference held in Melbourne

 

Linda Kellander of the ABI presenting Margaret Brandman with the award for Distinguished Intellectual Contributions to the conference, representing the continent of Australia

Linda Kellander of the ABI presenting Margaret with the award
   

Following her lecture on Music Education and performance at the concert evening during the World Forum in 2012, Margaret was presented with the award for 'Distinguished Intellectual Contributions' to the conference, representing the continent of Australia.

Benita Rainer with Margaret Brandman    

Margaret's continues to compose new and exciting works. Her 2015 works include a Zodiac Song Cycle for soprano voice set to insightful lyrics by Benita Rainer. Artwork by Jeremy Blake (Margaret's son).

Zodiac Song Cycle Artwork by Jeremy Blake


Margaret Brandman with Martin Cooke
Margaret with Martin Cooke at the Munich Opera House in 2012.
   
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From June to August 2015 Margaret also composed several songs on an Australian themes written especially for ex-patriot Australian baritone Martin Cooke who sings with the Bavarian State Opera company in Munich. These songs will be recorded by Martin accompanied by Margaret, at the Munich Opera House in September 2015.

 

All Margaret's new songs are scheduled for performance in 2016.

Further information from 2012 and earlier can be viewed in Margaret's biographical archive.