Margaret Brandman was born in 1951 into a musical family who had immigrated to Australia in 1939 from Berlin, Germany. Playing an instrument, or singing, was highly valued and enjoyed by the whole family.
Margaret began studying music with her mother at the age of four, later completing her formal music studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and at the prestigious Sydney University. To date, Margaret’s stellar 45 year career in music has encompassed composing, performing, music education, publishing and professional music arranging.
Margaret has won world-wide acclaim for her compositions, many of which are saturated with her deep love and intimate knowledge of Australian creatures, natural sounds, nuances and seasons. Her Jazz and Latin-American influenced works reflect both her formal compositional training and her musical experience gained whilst working as a professional pianist performing in modern music ensembles. As you immerse yourself in the sounds of this work you will become aware of Margaret’s great variety of compositional styles, underpinned by strong melodic aspirations and thorough enjoyment of the visceral power of rhythmic syncopation.