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Glen Carter-Varney

About The Composer

Glen Carter-Varney is a highly trained music educator and is in demand as a clinician, adjudicator and advisor with considerable experience in the music industry. She was a lecturer in piano and keyboard  musicianship at the Melba Memorial Conservatorium in Melbourne and has given recitals and workshops both in the USA and Australia. She is currently an examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board and is a represented composer with the Australian Music Centre in Sydney.

Glen has recently published a successful range of piano music in contemporary styles at various levels of difficulty from easy to advanced. Many of the pieces are included in Australian and international piano examination syllabi and the book covers feature paintings by Australian artists.

The Kool Piano Series is a set of three books of carefully graded pieces, Kool Piano, Kool Jazzy Tunes and Kool Shades of Blue. The tunes are catchy and each book has a CD enclosed containing the pieces played by the composer with contemporary style backings to aid learning and enhance performance. In the Recital Collection there are three pieces. The Artamidae, and Sonic Fantasy were written for The Keys National Piano Competition for Australian Composers and performed by winners in the Competition held at the Brisbane Convention Centre. These two pieces along with Shades of Blue have since become popular as recital, and examination repertoire. The latest publication Summer Dreaming Suite for Piano is a collection of five pieces, which may be played as single solos or as a complete set for performances. Titles are, Summer Dreaming, The Kingfisher, Turtles, The Golden Gecko and Summer Rain. There are two CDs available entitled Summer Dreaming and Shades of Blue and these feature the piano solos and Kool Piano Pieces played by the composer.

Glen has had several recordings to her credit and some of these have been used in ABC and commercial radio programs. As a teacher she was a music director in Schools before establishing her own Music School in conjunction with her husband’s music retail store. Her students have won many major awards including National School of the Year in the Musicland Schools Awards on two occasions. 

Glen studied piano with Waldemar Seidel and composition with John Ingram and Bernard de Oliviera at the Melbourne University Conservatorium. As a student she won many competitions and was the recipient of two Conservatorium Exhibition Awards. She later studied piano with Norah Newby at the Royal Academy in London. Her many and varied experiences are reflected in the music she writes.

Glen was featured in a Photographic Exhibition at the Brisbane Music Festival entitled Face The Music in 2005. The Exhibition of Queensland’s finest composers was by avant garde photographer Chris Osbourne.