Melbourne-born pianist/conductor, Glenn Riddle studied at the Royal College of Music in London and at the Vienna Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, before returning to Australia, to complete a Master of Music degree in Performance at the Faculty of Music, University of Melbourne. His numerous awards and prizes include the prestigious Horlock and Clarke scholarships, two Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Trust scholarships, an Ian Potter Foundation Award, as well as First Prize in the 1982 inaugural John Allison Scholarship and the 1986 National Yamaha Piano Competition. Currently Glenn is Lecturer in Music at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne, teaching piano at both post-graduate and undergraduate level.
Glenn Riddle’s performances as both soloist and chamber musician have taken him to the USA, Europe, South-East Asia, and throughout Australia. He has performed at numerous festivals, both internationally and locally, and has performed extensively with Australia’s leading contemporary ensemble Chamber Made Opera, as well as with Barry Kosky’s Treason of Images Opera Company. Recent performances include Beethoven’s Piano Concertos Nos 1 and 4 with the Surabaya Symphony Orchestra in Indonesia.
Glenn Riddle has had numerous works written for him by Australian composers and he has recorded and/or premiered works by composers such as Peter Sculthorpe, Stuart Greenbaum, Carl Vine, Andrian Pertout, William Schmidt, and Linda Kouvaras. His current area of research is the music of Cuba and Latin America.
Glenn has also recently formed a piano/violin duo, recording and performing with Australian violinist Marianne Rothschild. He is heard frequently on ABC FM as soloist, chamber musician and conductor, particularly in association with the works of Australian composer Percy Aldridge Grainger. Glenn is also Artistic Director and conductor of the Grainger Ensemble, a chamber orchestra whose primary aim is to provide concerto opportunities for young musicians.