Associate Professor Rae de Lisle
MNZM, PhD, BA, LRSM, LTCL, FIRMT
Rae de Lisle is currently Associate Professor of Piano at the University of Auckland. Her teaching has produced many outstanding young pianists, including prizewinners in the Sydney International Piano Competition, the Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition, the Bradshaw and Buono Competition in New York, and the Perrenoud Foundation International Piano Competition. Her students have won all the major piano competitions in New Zealand. She received an Excellence in Teaching Award from the University in 2011.
Rae has done substantial research into musicians’ injuries and has graduated with a PhD on focal dystonia, a devastating neurological condition which can end a musician’s career. Her PhD Focal Dystonia; a Way to Recovery Through Retraining has been published by Paladinomedia and was nominated by the Faculty for the Best Thesis Award. Rae has given presentations on her research in London, Vienna, Manchester, Turkey, Serbia, Portugal, the USA, China and throughout Australia and New Zealand. She was keynote speaker at the 2009 Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference, the 2010 Western Australia Music Teachers Conference and the 2015 Conference for the Australasian Society for Performance Arts Healthcare. Rae is shortly to publish an interactive e-book called Fit 4 Piano which focuses on the development of injury preventative piano technique from the beginner to the advanced pianist. This contains videos of a series of exercises and also repertoire excerpts showing how these are relevant to repertoire at all levels. Rae is a member of an international consortium who are investigating health education and mobility for musicians.
Rae is Artistic Director of the Wallace National Piano Competition and the Wallace International Piano Festival, set up in 2013 to provide a platform for the best of New Zealand's young pianists.
As a pianist she studied for eight years in London with Brigitte Wild, Cyril Smith, Maria Curcio and Christopher Elton. Performances included concerts at the Wigmore Hall and in the BBC recital series. Rae returned to New Zealand in 1977 and for the next fifteen years was much in demand as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician, playing throughout New Zealand, as well as in North America. She recorded regularly for radio and television, receiving the Mobil Award for the best classical recording in 1990. She played concertos on many occasions with most of New Zealand’s regional orchestras and with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra under conductors such as Franz Paul Decker, Gaetano Delogu, John Hopkins, Patrick Thomas, James Robertson.
In 2000 Rae set up the University of Auckland Academy of Music to nurture and inspire students from the ages of five to 18. She was Director of the Academy until 2005, when she resigned in order to concentrate on teaching and research at the university.
Rae was on the jury for the 2012 Dublin International Piano Competition, 2009 Singapore National Piano Competition and the 2018 Lee University International Piano Competition and she has been invited to be on the jury of the 2020 Gina Bachauer Junior and Young Artists International Piano Competition. She has been adjudicator many times for the NZCT School Chamber Music Contest, including the National Final for the 50th anniversary of the Contest and in 2011 she received the Marie Vanderwart Award for outstanding service and commitment to fostering the love of chamber music in New Zealand.
Rae was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2015 for services to music.
Research | Current
- Musicians' health
- Focal dystonia
- International trends in piano technique and injury prevention
Teaching | Current
- Piano performance and repertory
- Chamber music
- Musicians' health
Student achievements include:
- National Piano Concerto Competition 2018 winner Modi Deng
- Concerto performances with the Auckland Philharmonia Modi Deng, Siyu Sun 2018
- University of Auckland Concerto Competition winner Sara Lee 2017
- Lev Vlassenko Australasian Piano Competition 4th prize Siyu Sun 2017
- Wallace National Piano Competition 2nd prize Siyu Sun 2017
- Wallace National Piano Competition 3rd Prize Modi Deng 2017
- Wallace National Piano Competition 4th prize Marianna Kang 2017
- National Piano Concerto Competition winner Siyu Sun 2017
- Wallace National Piano Competition winner Delvan LIn 2015
- Wallace National Junior Piano Competition Delvan Lin 2013
- Masters student Tina Kim, 1st class Honours 2014
- Masters student Lucy Zeng, 1st class Honours 2014
- Masters student Eddie Giffney, 1st class Honours 2014
- National Piano Concerto Competition winner Bradley Wood 2015
- University of Auckland Concerto Competition 1st prize Jason Bae 2012
- Masters student Somi Kim, 1st class Honours 2012
- Masters student Cindy Tsao, 1st class Honors 2012
- Masters student Jason Bae, 1st class Honours 2012
- Wallace National Piano Competition winner Jason Bae 2013
- University of Auckland Concerto Competition 1st prize Tina Kim, 2nd Prize Somi Kim 2011
- John Paul Muir, winner Kerikeri National Piano Competition 2010
- Lucy Zeng, 3rd prize winner, Kerikeri National Piano Competition 2010
- Jason Bae, winner University of Auckland Concerto Competition 2010
- Jason Bae, 2nd prize winner Lev Vlassenko Australasian Piano Competition, 2009
- John Paul Muir, winner Christchurch National Piano Concerto Competition, 2009
- Jason Bae, 3rd prize winner Christchurch National Piano Concerto Competition, 2009
- Jason Bae, New Zealand Young Performer of the Year, Tauranga, 2008
- Lucy Zeng, 2nd prize, New Zealand Young Performer of the Year, Tauranga, 2008
- Jason Bae, winner Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, New York 2008
- John Chen, winner Sydney International Piano Competition, 2004
- John Chen, winner Lev Vlassenko Australasian Piano Competition, 2003
Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit 2015
NICAI Sustained Teaching Excellence Award: Winner 2011
Chamber Music New Zealand Marie Vandewart Memorial Award in recognition of outstanding service and commitment to fostering the love of chamber music 2011
Fellow, Institute of Registered Music Teachers, 2010
Dublin International Piano Competition Jury Member 2012
Associate Professor of Piano
Artistic Director: Wallace National Piano Competition and the Wallace International Piano Festival
Areas of expertise
Rehabilitation and prevention of musicians' injuries
Institute of Registered Music Teachers
Albany School of Music: Head of Piano
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Wijsman, S., Ackermann, B., Visentin, P., de Lisle, R., Baadjou, V., Guptill, C., ... Bennett9, D. (2018). Development and Design of a Health Literacy Self-Assessment Tool for Student Musicians. Paper presented at Before and After the Spotlight: Performance Preparation and Recovery, Sydney, Australia. 1 December - 2 December 2018.
- de Lisle, R. (2015). Factors in piano pedagogy that could influence the development of focal hand dystonia and other musicians injuries [Keynote presentation]. Paper presented at Australasian Society of Performing Arts Healthcare (ASPAH) 2015 Annual Conference: A Career in the Spotlight: Enhancing Performance Health and Wellbeing, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. 21 November - 22 November 2015.
- de Lisle, R. (2015). Focal dystonia in pianists: A way to recovery through retraining. Vienna, Austria: paladino media gmbh..
- de Lisle, R. (2015). Focal dystonia: An understanding for the piano teacher. Proceedings of the 12th Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference: Beyond the Black and White Melbourne, Australia: Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference.
- De Lisle, R. (2013). Focal Dystonia in Pianists: A Way to Recovery Through Retraining The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.
- De Lisle, R., Speedy, D. B., & Thompson, J. (2012). Rehabilitation of a cellist whose vibrato was affected by focal dystonia. Medical problems of performing artists, 27 (4), 227-230.
Other University of Auckland co-authors: John Thompson
- De Lisle, R., Speedy, D. B., & Thompson, J. M. D. (2010). Pianism Retraining via Video Conferencing as a Means of Assisting Recovery from Focal Dystonia: A Case Study. Medical Problems of Performing Artists, 25 (3), 126-129. Related URL.
Other University of Auckland co-authors: John Thompson
- de Lisle, R. (2010). Piano Technique Without Injuries (Key note speech). Paper presented at Western Australia Piano Pedagogy Conference, Perth, Australia. 9 April - 11 April 2010.