A graduate from Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Nada Brissenden has had a most distinguished career as a music educator, pianist, accompanist, choral conductor and teacher.
With her husband, the late Harold Brissenden OAM, she co-founded Suzuki Education in Australia. In 1969 she met Dr Suzuki and studied his teaching, subsequently introducing Suzuki Piano to Australia. A member of the ISA Piano Committee producing the Suzuki piano teaching repertoire’s new edition, Nada is also in demand for master classes, workshops and teacher training around the world.
Nada helped establish the Conservatorium in Wollongong, becoming Patron of Wollongong Symphony Orchestra and Choral Society, and a newspaper music critic/columnist, before lecturing in Special Music Education at institutions which are now the Music Department of the University of NSW. This year, Nada was made Patron and a Fellow of the newly established Collegiate of Specialist Music Educators. Further testimony to her work is the number of her students now in successful musical careers in Australia and overseas.