maree profile pictureMaree Kilpatrick

Born in Gympie and raised in rural South Burnett, Maree Kilpatrick has been active as an Eisteddfodau performer, accompanist and piano teacher from a young age, and has completed her AmusA (2006) and LmusA (2009) diplomas in piano performance with the AMEB.  Maree studied music, piano at the University of Southern Queensland under the late Dr Marilyn Meier-Kapavale and Dr Phillip Gearing, graduating in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music (Distinction) and Dean’s Prize for Music, and in 2012 with Bachelor of Creative Arts, 1st Class Honours and a University Medal.  Maree was twice winner of Toowoomba’s Charles and Motee Rogers Piano competition in 2009 and 2011, and in 2011 received the Joyce Campbell Lloyd Travelling Scholarship, which enabled her to study solo and collaborative piano performance under eminent pianists in England, France and Austria for several months in mid 2012.

From 2013-2016, Maree worked as a freelance pianist and music tutor in the Toowoomba region.  Some highlights during this time include performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16, with the Toowoomba Concert Orchestra; co-directing the Dusk at Gabbinbar Recital Series with flautist Nicola Hayden; and performing with the Jacaranda and Arabesque Trios, as a soloist, and with various other ensembles in venues across the region such as Jimbour House, Taabinga Homestead, Gabbinbar Homestead, USQ, and St Luke’s Anglican Church, Toowoomba.  Another highlight during this time has been participating in short courses including various Australian Youth Orchestra programmes; the Adam Summer School in Nelson, NZ and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music Advanced Winterschool.

In 2017, Maree studied a Masters of Music (Performance) at the University of Auckland under New Zealand pianist Stephen De Pledge.  Alongside her solo recital preparation, she participated in chamber ensembles, masterclasses, new music performances and recordings, and was the 2017 Gisborne International Music Competition accompaniment intern.  Maree is now freelancing based Brisbane, Queensland.