kathy sander piano

Kathryn Sander – Musical Director

Kathryn Sander – Piano/Keyboards/Vocals

Kathy grew up in Toowoomba, playing piano at an early age – studied with Brachi Tilles, originally from Tel Aviv, who arrived in Queensland in the late seventies – straight from studies in Vienna. Kathy also learned the violin, her second instrument from Spiros Rantos. Then, a move to Melbourne under the guiding hand of Stephen McIntyre and Roy Shepherd at the Victorian College of the Arts, completing a degree with a Chamber Music and Accompaniment major.

A love of all styles of music was evident in teen years in Queensland, Kathys’ first solo piano gigs in Restaurants and Clubs began whilst still at high school – and then continued with two residencies when moving to Victoria – playing for High Tea at the Windsor Hotel and three afternoons a week at Menzies at Rialto in the courtyard Portego Bar, whilst a student at the VCA. Over thirty years professional piano work has led to many interesting and varied jobs over the years.

Currently working as a freelance pianist & keyboardist in Brisbane – associate artist at the Queensland Conservatorium, accompaniment and private teaching of piano and theory at The Stuartholme School, Brisbane Grammar School and the Brisbane Girl’s Grammar School.

Memorable performances have been on the Vatican Organ, on tour with the Stuartholme Vocal Ensemble and as pianist for a master class with legendary violinist Maxim Vengerov.

Highlights have included backing – Frank Sinatra – Liberace & Dionne Warwick. She enjoys working in the commercial music scene both with many years spent in Latin bands, such as “Havana” and “Sabrosa”, crossover group “Barocka”and Jazz bands such as “The Barry Sutton Trio”. Kathy also completed 8 years of touring schools tours with “Sound Sources” for Music Viva in NSW and the Qld Arts Council with her husband, drummer Barry Sutton.

Most recent theatre work includes – “Dusty” “Miss Saigon”, “Phantom of the Opera”, and “Mamma Mia”. Kathy has been the principle piano in the Queensland Pops Orchestra for the past 12 years, and has performed with contemporary classical group “Topology” and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra as audition pianist. At the moment her swing and events band “The Mood Music Band”, “The Mood Music Salon Orchestra”, and piano and bass duo “Amica Jazz Duo” with bass player, Bryan Pearson keep her busy.

Mood Music is proud to offer Kathy for Solo Piano/Duo/Band bookings in Brisbane – perfect for wedding ceremony music, instrumental wedding music, classical wedding music, wedding pianist, corporate entertainment, and private events.

The main objective for Kathy and the team at Mood Music is to keep music live, providing quality live music and entertainment to discerning clients.