Dr Jeanell Carrigan AM is presently an Associate Professor in Collaborative Piano at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney. She has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and collaborative artist in Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and throughout Australia, and has recorded for the Bavarian Radio Corporation, the ABC and for regional stations in Australia on many occasions. She holds a Doctor of Creative Arts in the area of Australian post-1970 solo piano repertoire and in March 2020 released her twenty-fifth compact disc of Australian piano and chamber music. Her area of research is Australian solo piano repertoire and more recently in the piano music composed by early 20th Century Australian women composers. Her publications include several books, most recently, Composing Against the Tide and A Musical Missionary: The Life and Music of Dulcie Holland, and thirty critical editions of piano and chamber music written by Australian women.


A surprisingly large number of women born in Australia in the late nineteenth century became composers of piano music. For most of them this was not a task easily accomplished. They did not always receive encouragement, let alone earn a living from their creative work. Many of these composers have been largely forgotten, some of their works irretrievably lost. This presentation will introduce some of the amazing works for piano written by women composers such as Iris de Cairos-Rego, Kitty Parker, Dulcie Holland, Marjorie Hesse and Una Bourne all of which have been recently rediscovered, recorded and published in The Composers' Series. The compositions are well-crafted and appealing, addressing pedagogical concerns while at the same time establishing a portrait of Australian musical society of the early twentieth century.