Dr Scott Davie

B.Mus, M.Mus (Performance), Ph.D
Lecturer in Piano, Convenor of Performance
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
T: 0403 948 920

Areas of expertise

  • Music 3603
  • Music Performance 360304
  • Musicology And Ethnomusicology 360306
  • Performing Arts 3604

Research interests

My research interests include Rachmaninoff Studies, Russian Music History, Pianists and Piano Repertory, Philosophy, the Philosophy of Music. 


Scott Davie is known to audiences as both a soloist and chamber musician. He has given concerts throughout Australia, and his performances and recordings have been broadcast on radio and television. 

In 2012, Scott gave the first Australian performances of the original version of Rachmaninoff’s Fourth Piano Concerto (1926) to capacity audiences at the Sydney Opera House with Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. 

In 2005, Scott collaborated with Graeme Murphy and the Sydney Dance Company in their production of Grand, giving highly acclaimed performances throughout Australia. In 2007, the production made an extensive tour of the United States of America, and segments of the work were revived in Murphy with The Australian Ballet.

His first solo CD, Lilacs, was released by ABC Classics in 2002. A CD of the music from Grand was released on the Melba label in 2005, and Pictures from an Exhibition, featuring the First Piano Sonata of Rachmaninoff was released by ABC Classics in 2006.

More recently, songs and Lieder performed with the late Australian soprano Taryn Fiebig have appeared on the Toccata Classics and ABC Classic labels, and broadcast by ABC Classic FM, as have recordings of Australian music with clarinettist Jason Noble. A CD of Australian violin and piano music, with Asmira Woodward-Page, was re-released by ABC Classics in 2019.

A research project utilising the School of Music's 1770 Henrion in collaboration with Ngarra-Burria Indigenous composers resulted in an album released by ABC Classic in 2021, along with a New Waves podcast and extensive radio interviews and broadcasts. An article on the project appeared in The Conversation in 2020, and in 2021 articles on Beethoven, Ravel, Chopin and Stavinsky have appeared in the same publication.       


Researcher's projects

I am currently working on the complete compilation of all performances and recordings given by Sergei Rachmaninoff, drawing together previously published research by other autors, unpublished research by other authors, and original research. The framework for the publication of the performance data is housed on the Rachmaninoff Performance Diary (https://www.rachmaninoffdiary.com). It is envisaged that this research will generate two books. 

Available student projects

I welcome applications from potential research students interested in topics aligned with my research and performance interests.

Current student projects

'Building Brunhilde' (PhD)

'Towards a Performance Teaching Framework' (PhD)

Past student projects

'Liszt and Death' (Honours project)

'Impressions of the Spanish Civil War: A Thesis in Six Acts' (Honours project)

'The Sostenuto Pedal: An Exploration of its Use and Neglect' (Honours project)

'Myaskovsky and Medtner' (Honours project)

'Alexandre Tansman' (Honours project)


Projects and Grants

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