British born Australian pianist, Trevor Barnard studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London at a very young age and then took several years of private tuition with Herbert Fryer, a student of Busoni. At the age of sixteen he was awarded the ARCM Diploma in Piano, and later won a full scholarship to the Royal College of Music, London.
Between 1967 and 1972 Trevor Barnard lived in the USA, where he was a faculty member of the New England Conservatory in Boston and Pianist-in-Residence to Boston University Radio. He undertook many concert and TV engagements in Boston and New York City. He moved to Melbourne in 1972.
As a concert artist Trevor Barnard has appeared with several of the top British orchestras. In Australia he has toured and broadcast frequently for the ABC, and on three occasions was the featured concerto soloist on their TV programme World of Music.
His discography includes the Arthur Bliss Piano Concerto with the Philharmonia and Sir Malcolm Sargent (EMI), which was re-issued in digitally remastered format by Divine Art early in the year 2000, and a “best seller” solo album for the World Record Club An Introduction to Piano Music (now re-issued, with bonus tracks, as A Piano Odyssey on Diversions 24125). American composer Richard St. Clair, and Australian composers Geoffrey Allen, Michael Bertram and Felix Werder, have written works especially for him. One of Felix Werder’s works is featured on Trevor’s recording of J.S. Bach transcriptions and modern Australian piano music, (Divine Art 25005) and his recording “Blue Wrens” (Divine Art 25017) includes the work of all three.
Following the recording of the Bliss Concerto in 1962, it was always Trevor’s earnest ambition to record the same composer’s Sonata. This was finally realised in 1999 with the release of Trevor’s CD, including not only the Bliss Sonata but also the wonderful 24 Preludes, op.37, by Busoni (Divine Art 25011)
Trevor Barnard is the author of an American-published repertoire guide A Practical Guide to Solo Piano Music published in 2006 by Meredith Music Publications. He has also contributed several pedagogical papers to the former leading U.S. keyboard journal Clavier and its successor, Clavier Companion, the only academic in Australia to do so in recent years. His book Neglected Areas of Piano Teaching was published by Diversions Books, a Divine Art imprint, in 2008. Piano magazine (UK) said: “Good advice abounds, much of it grounded in pure common sense and all of it presented with a simplicity that never hints at condescension.” Watch this video in which Trevor introduces his book.
Trevor is an examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board, and was a regular contributor for the former Australian Music Teacher journal. He is also an experienced adjudicator, and, along with many eisteddfodau, adjudicated the former ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards on a number of occasions.