"McVicar's performance was duly poetic and exhilarating" —Sydney Morning Herald
- Private Lessons
- ASCM Diploma with Merit, Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney
- Performers Certificate, Peabody Conservatory of Music, Johns Hopkins University
- Graduate Performance Diploma, Peabody Conservatory of Music, Johns Hopkins University
- Sydney Symphony Orchestra
- Queensland Symphony Orchestra
AWARDS AND DISTINCTIONS
- Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition
- Liszt International Piano Competition
- Yale Gordon Piano Competition
- Dan Saslov Piano Competition
What is your hometown?
I was born in Sydney, Australia.
What is your favorite recording?
I have so many favorite recordings: Andras Schiff’s Bach Well Tempered Klavier Books 1 and 2; Zubin Mehta’s “Turandot” with Sutherland, Pavarotti and Caballe; Herbert Von Karajan’s “Tosca” with Price and De Stefano; Montserrat Caballe singing Bellini arias; Jean Yves Thibaudet playing “Conversations with Bill Evans. But, I would have to say Horowitz playing Rachmaninov and Scriabin on "Russian Romantics" is my favorite recording.
What are you passionate about outside of music?
I enjoy food and travel, particularly in Asia and Europe. I also enjoy bike riding in the Bay area.
What question do you wish students would ask sooner rather than later?
I encourage my students to ask many questions during their lessons about the music that we are studying together, but ultimately the question I want to help them with is, "What will I do next after I graduate?" There are so many options.
What was a turning point in your career?
After completing graduate studies in 1990, deciding that I wouldn't return to Australia, but to take on residency in the United States and begin teaching full time at the Peabody Conservatory of Music.
If you could play only three composers for the rest of your life, who would they be?
Gosh, only three? That's so difficult… Corelli, Bach, Mozart, Wagner, Rachmaninov, Mahler, Richard Strauss, Prokofiev…but if I were on an island with the works of only three composers, they would be Chopin, Liszt and Beethoven.
What recordings can we hear you on?
Homage, VDA Classics
Tableaux, VDA Classics
What is your unrealized project?
I am not even close to learning everything ever written for the piano...