Jeanell Carrigan studied at the Sydney and Queensland Conservatorium then in Europe with Nancy Salas, Leah Horwitz, Pamela Page, Alfons Kontarsky and Karl Engel.
She has held positions of employment at the Hochschulen fur Musik in Stuttgart and Munich, the Universities of Queensland and Melbourne and the Queensland and Sydney Conservatoriums of Music. She is constantly in demand as an examiner and adjudicator and is presently an Associate Professor in the Collaborative Piano unit at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (University of Sydney).
Jeanell has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist in Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and throughout Australia, and has recorded for the Bavarian Radio Corporation, the ABC and for regional stations in Australia on many occasions. As a member of the Novalis Quartet, Trio Novalis and Richter/Carrigan Duo she performs regularly for Musica Viva and other concert organisations.
She completed a Doctor of Creative Arts from the University of Wollongong in the area of Australian post-1970 solo piano repertoire and in December 2017 released her eighteenth solo CD of Australian piano music. Her publications include an annotated guide to Australian solo piano music available in its seventh edition, the book Composing Against the Tide, several teaching kits relating to the performance of Australian piano music and nine critical editions of piano music as part of the Australian Heritage Series.