Katie Zhukov [piano] began her musical education at the Special Music School for Gifted Children in Kharkov, Ukraine, and came to Australia as a teenager. She continued her studies at the Universities of Western Australia and Adelaide, graduating with First Class Honours from the Elder Conservatorium of Music. As a recipient of an ITT International Fellowship, she spent two years at the Juilliard School of Music, New York, studying for her Masters degree in performance with the late Gyorgy Sandor. Katie has recently earned a PhD from the University of New South Wales, which focused on instrumental pedagogy in Australian higher education. She has taught a wide range of subjects at the Sydney, Queensland and Western Australian Conservatoriums. For more than 20 years Katie has established a reputation in Australia as a fine performer, educator and researcher. She has performed eight piano concertos with professional and amateur orchestras in WA and has given many solo and chamber music recitals on the East Coast, partnering leading string players. Katie has championed piano music by Australian women composers, which is available on five compilation CDs from the Australian Music Centre. Katie is currently a Researcher at Queensland University.