Tony Fenelon, L.Mus.A., OAM
From an early age that it was inevitable music would play a significantly major role in Tony Fenelon’s life. As a child, he showed astounding talent as a pianist, and, in later years, studied at the Conservatorium of Music in Melbourne, Australia under famed teacher Mr. Roy Shepherd. His successes included winning the Victorian Final of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Concerto and Vocal Competitions, playing the Liszt Piano Concerto No.2 with the Victorian Symphony Orchestra. He was also winner of the Open and Bach sections at the National Eisteddfod in Canberra, with his performances of Chopin, Liszt and Bach. Shortly after, he obtained the highest marks ever awarded for his Licentiate Diploma in Performing Piano at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.
Tony’s insatiable interest in lighter music and a love of the majestic sound of the theatre pipe organ led to his “other” career, leading to his appointment in 1965 as the resident organist at Melbourne’s then prestigious Regent Theatre. Educated as a medical electronics engineer, he rose to head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Royal Melbourne Hospital before transitioning to a full-time music performance career.
Now an internationally acclaimed artist, Tony has completed 18 major concert tours overseas including the United States, the U.K. and Japan. He has released 17 record albums in various countries – his first, at the Regent Theatre, Melbourne, earning him four gold records. He has explored the world of electronic music, MIDI and computers, and has had many of his orchestral arrangements and CDs featured on ABC FM radio in Australia. Tony’s association with the Roland Corporation will see him performing promotional concerts throughout Australia, the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom and New Zealand on Roland’s extensive range of musical instruments.
Tony’s concerts provide a tasteful balance between popular tunes and light classics and include music from the films, stage shows, jazz, and great standards. As the piano has always been his first love, his extensive repertoire of piano classics now forms an increasingly large proportion of his concerts, a feature widely requested by his audiences.