Described by The Australian as a ‘musical ambassador', Anna Goldsworthy is one of Australia’s most versatile artists. Celebrated as a pianist, she is acclaimed also as a memoirist, essayist, playwright, librettist, and festival director.

As a pianist, Anna performs extensively throughout Australia and internationally. Solo appearances include at the Teatro Colon for the Buenos Aires International Music Festival, for the Orchestra of Colours in Athens, at the Melbourne International Arts Festival, and in the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Masters Series. She regularly appears at festivals throughout Australia such as the Musica Viva Festival in Sydney, the Canberra International Music Festival, the Queensland Music Festival, the Noosa Long Weekend Festival, the Margaret River Weekend of Music, the Bangalow Music Festival, and the Keyed Up Series in Perth. 

An accomplished chamber player, Anna is a founding member of Seraphim Trio, which in 2015 celebrates its twenty-first anniversary. Celebrated for its innovative programming and community outreach, Seraphim is committed to new Australian music, and has premiered works by Graeme Koehne, James Ledger, Elena Kats-Chernin, Calvin Bowman, Andrew Ford, Anne Boyd, Calvin Bowman, Damian Barbeler, Ian Munro, Paul Dean, Andrea Keller, Joe Chindamo, Raymond Chapman-Smith, George Palmer and Benjamin Martin. Anna collaborates regularly with Australia’s most distinguished musicians, such as oboist Diana Doherty, clarinettist Paul Dean, trumpeter David Elton, sopranos Sara Macliver and Jane Sheldon, and the Australian String Quartet. She records for the ABC Classics label.

As a writer, Anna was awarded Newcomer of the Year at the 2010 Australian Book Industry Awards for her debut memoir, Piano Lessons, which was released in Australia, North America and Korea, adapted for the stage, and is currently in development as a film. Other literary publications include the memoir Welcome to Your New Life, numerous selections for Best Australian Essays, and the Quarterly Essay Unfinished Business: Sex, Freedom and Misogyny.

Anna’s writing for the stage includes the libretto for Victorian Opera’s award-winning production of The Magic Pudding. Her acclaimed adaptation of Piano Lessons, commissioned by the Queensland Music Festival, has been nominated for a Matilda Award. Her play, Maestro, co-written with her father, Peter Goldsworthy, enjoyed a successful season with the State Theatre of South Australia in March 2009.

Anna has degrees from the University of Adelaide and Texas Christian University, and a doctorate from the University of Melbourne. Her teachers have been Eleonora Sivan, Tamas Ungar, and Ronald Farren-Price. Additionally, Anna has studied in Moscow with Lev Naumov, with the support of an ArtsSA Emerging Artist Award.

Anna is currently Artistic Director of the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival, Kenneth Moore Memorial Music Scholar at Janet Clarke Hall, Lecturer in Chamber Music at the Elder Conservatorium, and Research Fellow at the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice at the University of Adelaide.


In 2015, Anna tours with the stage-play of Piano Lessons, in which she both acts and performs piano, and with the complete set of Beethoven piano trios with Seraphim Trio. Her new cabaret show, Cole, will be premiered by Michael Griffiths at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. In October, she directs her sixth Port Fairy Spring Music Festival.


I have never read a better account of a mentor or how true learning takes place. Every teacher of everything should read this. Twice.
— Philip Levine, US Poet Laureate on Piano Lessons