Mr Phillip Shovk

MA Moscow
Lecturer in Piano and Accompaniment

C41 - Sydney Conservatorium of Music
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 1226

Biographical details

Phillip Shovk is considered to be one of Australia's foremost concert pianists, chamber musicians, accompanists and pedagogues. After initial lessons with Anatole Mirosznyk, he continued his studies with George Humphrey at the Sydney Conservatorium High School from where he graduated with the Frank Hutchens Prize for being the most promising performer of his year. He then furthered his studies at the Moscow State Conservatory, studying with Professor Valery Kastelsky (himself a student of the legendary Heinrich Neuhaus) and graduating as a Master of Fine Arts with highest marks in all musical subjects. In 1987 he became a Laureate at the Vianni di Motta competition in Lisbon and in 1988 at the Sydney International Competition, where he was awarded the Hephzibah Menuhin Prize and the Best Australian Pianist Prize. He was awarded a Best Accompanist prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1994.

He has performed to great acclaim in Russia, Georgia, Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Singapore, New Zealand, China, USA, Spain, Norway and the UK.

Phillip Shovk has also adjudicated at many of Australia's leading competitions including the Sydney International Piano Competition, Sydney Eisteddfod, Yamaha Youth Competition, Hephzibah Menuhin Competition and others. He has also been a jury member of Concours Animato in Paris, the New Zealand National Concerto Competition and the Singapore National Piano Competition and has taught at the Conservatoire Rachmaninoff in Paris, the Australian Institute of Music and Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester, and is presently Lecturer in Piano and Accompaniment at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

He has released 2 CD’s – Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky on the Master Performer’s label and Mozart Violin Sonatas arranged for 2 pianos with colleague Daniel Herscovitch for Toccata Classics.

Selected publications & creative works

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Music

  • Okunev, M., Shovk, P. (2014). Women in Love I. Let the Hurricanes Blow II. Mistake III. Red, Evil Automobile. Doctor of Musical Arts Final Recital. Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Pedersen, G., Shovk, P. (2013). 1. Cello Sonata in B-flat minor Op.71 2. Cello Sonata No. 2 in A-flat minor Op. 81. Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Shovk, P. (2013). Piano Concerto No. 2 in B Flat Major, Op. 83. Piano Splendour. Pymble Ladies’ College, Sydney, Australia: Kuringai Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Pedersen, G., Shovk, P. (2010). 1. Sonata for Cello & Piano (25') 2. Sonata for Cello and Piano Opus 119 (25'). Cocktail Hour Concert. Recital Hall East, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Pedersen, G., Bohn, O., Shovk, P. (2010). 1. Trio in A minor (30') 2. Trio in A Minor Opus 50 (50'). Cocktail Hour Concert. Recital Hall West, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Pedersen, G., Gadd, C., Goodchild, Y., Shovk, P. (2010). Piano Quartet Opus 15. Cocktail Hour Concert. Recital Hall East, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Pedersen, G., Shovk, P., Goodchild, Y. (2010). Piano Trio Opus 70 No 1 "The Ghosts". Cocktail Hour Concert. Recital Hall East, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Leske, C., Oguey, A., Celata, F., Shovk, P., Edwardes, C., Mills, P., Boersma, K., Sydney Soloists, T. (2009). 1. Chilled. The Blue Mountains Concert Society presents The Sydney Soloists. Springwood Civic Centre, Sydney, Australia: The Blue Mountains Concert Society.
  • Pedersen, G., Shovk, P., Gadd, C., Gault, T., Harris, R. (2009). 1. Piano Quintet in F minor, Opus 34. Australian String Academy 2009 Summer Program Faculty Concert. Music Workshop, SCM, Sydney, Australia: Australian String Academy.
  • Pedersen, G., Shovk, P., Gadd, C., Gault, T., Goodchild, Y., Johnson, S. (2009). 1. Quintet for piano and strings, Op. 34 in F minor 2. Quintet for strings, KV 516 in G minor. Cocktail Hour Recital Series - Brahms to Mozart. Recital Hall East, SCM, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Pedersen, G., Shovk, P. (2009). 1. Sonata in E Minor, Opus 38 2. Sonata in F Major, Opus 99. Australian String Academy 2009 Summer Program 'The Complete Brahms Cello Sonatas'. Recital Hall West, SCM, Sydney, Australia: Australian String Academy.
  • Pedersen, G., Celata, F., Shovk, P. (2009). 2. Fantasy Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano Op. 26. Cocktail Hour Recital Series - The Great Clarinet. Verbrugghen Hall, SCM, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Pedersen, G., Celata, F., Shovk, P., Gadd, C., Gault, T., Goodchild, Y. (2009). 3. Clarinet Quintet (for Clarinet and Strings) in A Major, K 581. Cocktail Hour Recital Series - The Great Clarinet. Recital Hall West, SCM, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Herscovitch, D., Shovk, P. (2009). 3. Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues. Cocktail Hour Recital Series - Exotic Blues. Recital Hall West, SCM, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Herscovitch, D., Shovk, P. (2009). 4. Huit danses exotiques. Cocktail Hour Recital Series - Exotic Blues. Recital Hall West, SCM, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Pedersen, G., Pini, C., Shovk, P., Hazelwood, J., Hazelwood, D. (2007). 1. Divertimento in Eb K.563 2. Piano Trio Opus 70 no. 2 3. String Quartet. Turramurra Uniting Church, Sydney, Australia: Pini, Hazelwood and Friends.
  • Pedersen, G., Benedict, R., Shovk, P., Gadd, C. (2007). 1. Piano Quartet in C Minor Opus 60 2. Piano Quartet in G Minor Opus 25. Sydney Conservatorium of Music Recital Hall West, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Pedersen, G., Shovk, P., Gadd, C., Gault, T. (2007). 1. Piano Quartet in G 2. Piano Trio 3. Solo Suite (Pedersen). Lindfield Uniting Church, Sydney, Australia: Musician's Own Series.
  • Pedersen, G., Shovk, P. (2006). Beethoven Op. 102, No 1. Shore School, Sydney, Australia: Australian String Academy.
  • Clone-Still-SCM, C., Pratt, D., Duke, L., Evrov, N., Herscovitch, D., Leske, C., McCallum, S., Powell, E., Rickard-Ford, P., Sheludiakova, N., Shovk, P., Tsai, J., Willems, G., Zhukov, K. (2006). Bolero for 6 pianos and flute. Sensational Sunday Series. Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney, Australia: SCM.
  • Gadd, C., Pedersen, G., Shovk, P., Gault, T., Phillips, T., Murphy, U. (2005). Bach cello suite no 2. Lindfield U. Church, Lindfield, Australia: Charmian Gadd's Musicians' Own Series.
  • Gadd, C., Gault, T., Pedersen, G., Shovk, P. (2005). Brahms piano quartet Opus 25; Beethoven cello sonata Opus 69, Faure violin sonata in A. Giaconda Winery, Beechworth, Australia: Giaconda Winery, 25 year anniversary.
  • Thomas, R., Pedersen, G., Shovk, P. (2005). Tchaikovsky Trio Opus 50. Recital Hall West, SCM, Sydney, Australia: SCM.
  • Gadd, C., Pedersen, G., Shovk, P., Gault, T., Phillips, T., Murphy, U. (2005). Tchaikovsky Trio Opus 50, Schumann Piano Quintet. Lindfield U. Church, Lindfield, Australia: Charmian Gadd's Musicians' Own Series.
  • Blake, S., Shovk, P. (2004). 1. Sonata in G minor for Piano and Cello, Op.19 2. Sonata in D minor for Cello and Piano, Op.40. Russian Misic For Cello and Piano. Newington College Music Practice Hall, Sydney, Australia: Newington College Association Of The Arts.
  • Pedersen, G., Gadd, C., Shovk, P., Chen, G. (2004). Bach 6th Suite for solo cello, Kodaly Duo for violin and cello Opus 7, Brahms Piano Quartet Opus 60. Lindfield Uniting Church, Sydney, Australia: Musicians' OwnSeries: A Tribute to Georg Pedersen.
  • Shovk, P. (2004). Preludes, Op.23. A Russioan Concert. Newington College, Music Practice Hall, Sydney, Australia: Newington College Association of the Arts.
  • Pedersen, G., Celata, F., Gadd, C., Gault, T., Shovk, P. (2004). Violin sonata, Mozart Clarinet Quintet, Hindemith Fantasia for Viola and Piano, String Quintet K515. Lindfield Uniting Church, Sydney, Australia.
  • Pedersen, G., Gadd, C., Shovk, P., Murphy, A., Chen, G., Gault, T., Todicescu, A., Khouri, M. (2003). Brahms Piano Quintet and Clarinet quintet and vl sonata in G. Lindfield Un Church, UNSPECIFIED: Musicians Own Series.
  • Pedersen, G., Gadd, C., Chen, G., Bui, N., Shovk, P. (2003). Schubert, Bach, Faure and Brahms g minor piano quartet. Lindfield Un Church, UNSPECIFIED: Birtday Celebration Concert.
  • Pedersen, G., Shovk, P., Ganter, E. (2002). Beethoven Trio Opus II, Cello Sonata Opus 69, Brahms Cl Sonata Opus 120, and Trio Opus 114. Recital Hall West, The Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Swiss Australian Cultural Ass Inc.
  • Pedersen, G., Giles, A., Goossens, R., Gadd, C., Gault, T., Todicescu, A., Shovk, P. (2002). Brahms pno Quartet g. 45'. Lindfield Uniting Church, Sydney, Australia: Betsy Brown Tribute.
  • Pedersen, G., Gadd, C., Bearman, C., Gault, T., Hames, B., Borrett, S., Huggett, L., Shovk, P. (2002). Brahms Sextet in G, three Chopin Etudes, Brahms pno Quartet in g minor. Greenway Memorial Gardens, Australia: Central Coast Chamber Music Festival.

2014

  • Okunev, M., Shovk, P. (2014). Women in Love I. Let the Hurricanes Blow II. Mistake III. Red, Evil Automobile. Doctor of Musical Arts Final Recital. Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

2013

  • Pedersen, G., Shovk, P. (2013). 1. Cello Sonata in B-flat minor Op.71 2. Cello Sonata No. 2 in A-flat minor Op. 81. Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Shovk, P. (2013). Piano Concerto No. 2 in B Flat Major, Op. 83. Piano Splendour. Pymble Ladies’ College, Sydney, Australia: Kuringai Philharmonic Orchestra.

2010

  • Pedersen, G., Shovk, P. (2010). 1. Sonata for Cello & Piano (25') 2. Sonata for Cello and Piano Opus 119 (25'). Cocktail Hour Concert. Recital Hall East, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Pedersen, G., Bohn, O., Shovk, P. (2010). 1. Trio in A minor (30') 2. Trio in A Minor Opus 50 (50'). Cocktail Hour Concert. Recital Hall West, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Pedersen, G., Gadd, C., Goodchild, Y., Shovk, P. (2010). Piano Quartet Opus 15. Cocktail Hour Concert. Recital Hall East, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Pedersen, G., Shovk, P., Goodchild, Y. (2010). Piano Trio Opus 70 No 1 "The Ghosts". Cocktail Hour Concert. Recital Hall East, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

2009

  • Leske, C., Oguey, A., Celata, F., Shovk, P., Edwardes, C., Mills, P., Boersma, K., Sydney Soloists, T. (2009). 1. Chilled. The Blue Mountains Concert Society presents The Sydney Soloists. Springwood Civic Centre, Sydney, Australia: The Blue Mountains Concert Society.
  • Pedersen, G., Shovk, P., Gadd, C., Gault, T., Harris, R. (2009). 1. Piano Quintet in F minor, Opus 34. Australian String Academy 2009 Summer Program Faculty Concert. Music Workshop, SCM, Sydney, Australia: Australian String Academy.
  • Pedersen, G., Shovk, P., Gadd, C., Gault, T., Goodchild, Y., Johnson, S. (2009). 1. Quintet for piano and strings, Op. 34 in F minor 2. Quintet for strings, KV 516 in G minor. Cocktail Hour Recital Series - Brahms to Mozart. Recital Hall East, SCM, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Pedersen, G., Shovk, P. (2009). 1. Sonata in E Minor, Opus 38 2. Sonata in F Major, Opus 99. Australian String Academy 2009 Summer Program 'The Complete Brahms Cello Sonatas'. Recital Hall West, SCM, Sydney, Australia: Australian String Academy.
  • Pedersen, G., Celata, F., Shovk, P. (2009). 2. Fantasy Trio for Clarinet, Cello and Piano Op. 26. Cocktail Hour Recital Series - The Great Clarinet. Verbrugghen Hall, SCM, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Pedersen, G., Celata, F., Shovk, P., Gadd, C., Gault, T., Goodchild, Y. (2009). 3. Clarinet Quintet (for Clarinet and Strings) in A Major, K 581. Cocktail Hour Recital Series - The Great Clarinet. Recital Hall West, SCM, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Herscovitch, D., Shovk, P. (2009). 3. Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues. Cocktail Hour Recital Series - Exotic Blues. Recital Hall West, SCM, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Herscovitch, D., Shovk, P. (2009). 4. Huit danses exotiques. Cocktail Hour Recital Series - Exotic Blues. Recital Hall West, SCM, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

2007

  • Pedersen, G., Pini, C., Shovk, P., Hazelwood, J., Hazelwood, D. (2007). 1. Divertimento in Eb K.563 2. Piano Trio Opus 70 no. 2 3. String Quartet. Turramurra Uniting Church, Sydney, Australia: Pini, Hazelwood and Friends.
  • Pedersen, G., Benedict, R., Shovk, P., Gadd, C. (2007). 1. Piano Quartet in C Minor Opus 60 2. Piano Quartet in G Minor Opus 25. Sydney Conservatorium of Music Recital Hall West, Sydney, Australia: Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
  • Pedersen, G., Shovk, P., Gadd, C., Gault, T. (2007). 1. Piano Quartet in G 2. Piano Trio 3. Solo Suite (Pedersen). Lindfield Uniting Church, Sydney, Australia: Musician's Own Series.

2006

  • Pedersen, G., Shovk, P. (2006). Beethoven Op. 102, No 1. Shore School, Sydney, Australia: Australian String Academy.
  • Clone-Still-SCM, C., Pratt, D., Duke, L., Evrov, N., Herscovitch, D., Leske, C., McCallum, S., Powell, E., Rickard-Ford, P., Sheludiakova, N., Shovk, P., Tsai, J., Willems, G., Zhukov, K. (2006). Bolero for 6 pianos and flute. Sensational Sunday Series. Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney, Australia: SCM.

2005

  • Gadd, C., Pedersen, G., Shovk, P., Gault, T., Phillips, T., Murphy, U. (2005). Bach cello suite no 2. Lindfield U. Church, Lindfield, Australia: Charmian Gadd's Musicians' Own Series.
  • Gadd, C., Gault, T., Pedersen, G., Shovk, P. (2005). Brahms piano quartet Opus 25; Beethoven cello sonata Opus 69, Faure violin sonata in A. Giaconda Winery, Beechworth, Australia: Giaconda Winery, 25 year anniversary.
  • Thomas, R., Pedersen, G., Shovk, P. (2005). Tchaikovsky Trio Opus 50. Recital Hall West, SCM, Sydney, Australia: SCM.
  • Gadd, C., Pedersen, G., Shovk, P., Gault, T., Phillips, T., Murphy, U. (2005). Tchaikovsky Trio Opus 50, Schumann Piano Quintet. Lindfield U. Church, Lindfield, Australia: Charmian Gadd's Musicians' Own Series.

2004

  • Blake, S., Shovk, P. (2004). 1. Sonata in G minor for Piano and Cello, Op.19 2. Sonata in D minor for Cello and Piano, Op.40. Russian Misic For Cello and Piano. Newington College Music Practice Hall, Sydney, Australia: Newington College Association Of The Arts.
  • Pedersen, G., Gadd, C., Shovk, P., Chen, G. (2004). Bach 6th Suite for solo cello, Kodaly Duo for violin and cello Opus 7, Brahms Piano Quartet Opus 60. Lindfield Uniting Church, Sydney, Australia: Musicians' OwnSeries: A Tribute to Georg Pedersen.
  • Shovk, P. (2004). Preludes, Op.23. A Russioan Concert. Newington College, Music Practice Hall, Sydney, Australia: Newington College Association of the Arts.
  • Pedersen, G., Celata, F., Gadd, C., Gault, T., Shovk, P. (2004). Violin sonata, Mozart Clarinet Quintet, Hindemith Fantasia for Viola and Piano, String Quintet K515. Lindfield Uniting Church, Sydney, Australia.

2003

  • Pedersen, G., Gadd, C., Shovk, P., Murphy, A., Chen, G., Gault, T., Todicescu, A., Khouri, M. (2003). Brahms Piano Quintet and Clarinet quintet and vl sonata in G. Lindfield Un Church, UNSPECIFIED: Musicians Own Series.
  • Pedersen, G., Gadd, C., Chen, G., Bui, N., Shovk, P. (2003). Schubert, Bach, Faure and Brahms g minor piano quartet. Lindfield Un Church, UNSPECIFIED: Birtday Celebration Concert.

2002

  • Pedersen, G., Shovk, P., Ganter, E. (2002). Beethoven Trio Opus II, Cello Sonata Opus 69, Brahms Cl Sonata Opus 120, and Trio Opus 114. Recital Hall West, The Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Swiss Australian Cultural Ass Inc.
  • Pedersen, G., Giles, A., Goossens, R., Gadd, C., Gault, T., Todicescu, A., Shovk, P. (2002). Brahms pno Quartet g. 45'. Lindfield Uniting Church, Sydney, Australia: Betsy Brown Tribute.
  • Pedersen, G., Gadd, C., Bearman, C., Gault, T., Hames, B., Borrett, S., Huggett, L., Shovk, P. (2002). Brahms Sextet in G, three Chopin Etudes, Brahms pno Quartet in g minor. Greenway Memorial Gardens, Australia: Central Coast Chamber Music Festival.

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