Kimberley Steele

MTeach (Secondary), GradDipMus (Accompaniment), BMus (Hons), LMusA (Flute), AMusA (Piano), Kodály Primary Level 1&2

Vibrant pianist and educator Kimberley Steele (née Michael) is a musically sensitive, virtuosic and energetic solo and collaborative artist. In 2014 she founded the foray quintet, a fresh, elite chamber ensemble consisting of pianist and four string players that tour beautiful music a couple of times per year. To date they have performed both of Fauré's Piano Quintets, the Pejačević Piano Quintet, Bacewicz Piano Quintet No. 2, Shostakovich Piano Quintet, Korngold Quintet and other smaller chamber pieces across NSW, the ACT and Victoria.

Two highlights of 2015 were performing with baritone Alexander Knight (the Steele-Knight duo) as part of the Art Song Canberra Concert Series and being Musical Director for St Clare's College Production Cats, for which she received a CAT (teehee) Award nomination. In 2016 she performed alongside Sumi Jo (soprano) and professionals from the Canberra Symphony Orchestra as orchestral pianist in the Voices in the Forest Orchestra in addition to conducting a successful season with Strange Weather Gospel Choir. In and around Canberra, Kimberley has performed and conducted with many notable artists and ensembles including David Pereira ('cello), Sarahlouise Owens (soprano), the National Capital Orchestra, Canberra Choral Society and Luminescence Chamber Singers.

Having graduated with first class honours and as Margaret Smiles Accompaniment Competition winner from The Australian National University, Kimberley went on to be awarded the Geoffrey Parsons Australian Scholarship at Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Drawn to collaborative pianism, she was subsequently appointed Head of Accompaniment at the Conservatorium High School and here she relished both performing alongside and teaching young talent. During her time in Sydney, Kimberley worked with numerous musical organisations including Sydney Philharmonia and Sydney Sinfonia in addition to working with many tertiary vocal and instrumental students. Kimberley is also trained to a high level in flute performance and can play some (dodgy) intermediate level viola in a Suzuki style. She has accompanied at all the major Sydney region competitions and also worked as a repetiteur for private studios. Her performances have been broadcast on 2MBS FM, ABC Canberra and ArtSound FM, as well as being featured by the NSW Accompanists’ Guild.

Since returning to Canberra in 2012 Kimberley has lectured in Creative Arts Education at the Australian Catholic University and accompanied tertiary students at the Australian National University in addition to freelancing as a pianist, teacher, conductor and guest lecturer. In her quest to do it all (sometimes a challenge for family life!) she is passionate about her classroom music students in ACT Schools too and builds their music skills with Kodály, Orff and a fusion of musicianship pedagogies.

In 2017 she has started a new chapter as Artistic Director of the fantastic Woden Valley Youth Choir in addition to touring with her ensemble, classroom teaching and further collaborations with Anneliese McGee-Collett & Anna Murakawa (the foray quintet). 

For more information on upcoming events please see Kimberley's blog or contact pianist@kimberleysteele.com.