Hue Blanes, Pianist/ accompanist masterclasses
Born in 1984, Melbourne, Hue grew up in the small Victorian town of Healesville, where he began his musical life playing local fetes, concerts and festivals. He received a scholarship to study at the Victorian College of The Arts Secondary School (VCASS) and graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Music Performance and the prestigious Billy Hyde Music Prize for outstanding achievement. Hue's teachers have included some of Australia's finest musicians - Bob and Steven Sedergreen, Andrea Keller, Tim Stevens, Tony Gould, and from New York City he studied with Fred Hersch and Jason Moran. His career has been characterised as not fitting into any particular box and is extremely versatile. He has been involved in a myriad of genres and musical projects, all with the ultimate purpose of improving his playing and understanding of music. He writes jazz and classical music, tragicomic songs about love, death, and world conspiracies, and plays jazz standards, classical scores and spiritual hymns he finds at second-hand bookstores. Hue has played at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival (MIJF) for four consecutive years, from running his own projects to collaborating with other artists. He was awarded the 2017 Young Elder of Jazz Award and premiered ‘Things that have been said’ at MIJF 2017. Last year, Hue premiered 'Blow the man down', a work for baritone and piano commissioned by the Boroondara Arts Council. This song cycle was written in the traditional Lieder opera style to explore themes of loneliness, longing and the miraculous mundanity of being human. This year, he was chosen as a finalist for the Langnau Jazz Nights International Jazz Piano Competition, Lucerne, Switzerland. Currently based in the Netherlands, Hue is doing a Master of Jazz piano under virtuoso Rob van Bavel at the Koninklijn Conservatorium expanding on his previous work around the musicality of language. He studies classical piano with Wim Voogd in Den Haag, Netherlands.