Piano Lessons By Anna Goldsworthy

City Recital Hall

Piano Lessons By Anna Goldsworthy

“A piece of music theatre that seems to have been made in heaven.” The Courier-Mail

This theatrical adaptation of concert pianist and author Anna Goldsworthy’s award-winning memoir blurs the line between stage play and piano recital.  Emotionally affecting and musically rich, this unique and intimate production combines live performance with subtle storytelling that will entertain and delight. 

Goldsworthy appears as herself to tell the story of her own musical journey from gawky nine-year-old piano student to acclaimed concert pianist under the passionate tutelage of Russian émigré Mrs Sivan.  With gentle humour, their relationship reveals the many parallels between lessons in music and lessons in life.  As the charismatic teacher inspires and challenges Anna, we learn what it takes to be a virtuoso; physically, psychologically and emotionally. 

Directed by Michael Futcher and also featuring the widely-acclaimed Helen Howard as Mrs Sivan, this critically acclaimed production gives a rare and intimate glimpse into what it is to be a professional musician, and also what it is to be human. 

Piano Lessons is cerebral high art; it is sophisticated comedy; it is beautiful music making; it is deeply affecting and immensely satisfying." Thebarefootreview.com.au


Duration: approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes, including interval.

Produced by Metro Arts.  Originally commissioned and produced by Queensland Music Festival 2011 in association with QPAC.

Ticket Info


Standard $55
Concession $50
City Recital Hall Member $46
Group (6+) $46
Under 30 $30


Standard $45
Concession $40
City Recital Hall Member $38
Group (6+) $38
Under 30 $30

A booking fee per transaction applies for this event as follows: Internet $6, Phone $8.
There is no booking fee for tickets purchased in person at the City Recital Hall Box Office.

Details are accurate at time of publication

Image: Sean Young