Geoffrey Lancaster

Professor Geoffrey Lancaster

  • Post Nominals: FAHA, AO
  • Fellow Type: Honorary Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2011


For the past 40 years, Geoffrey Lancaster has been at the forefront of the historically informed performance practice movement. He is Professor of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) at Edith Cowan University. One of the world’s leading fortepianists, he has appeared with all of Australia’s major symphony orchestras and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Internationally, Dr Lancaster has appeared to critical acclaim as a concerto soloist with leading orchestras in Leipzig, Cologne, DÜsseldorf, Geneva, Toronto, New Zealand, Rotterdam, Copenhagen and Stockholm.

He was the first Australian to win a major international keyboard competition, receiving First Prize at the 23rd Festival of Flanders International Fortepiano Competition, Bruges. His honours include ACT Australian of the Year in 2006, the Australian Artists Creative Fellowship for outstanding artistic contribution to the nation, the HC Coombs Creative Arts Fellowship, and the Order of Australia for services to the arts.

Geoffrey was awarded Officer (AO) in the General Division of The Order of Australia in the Australia Day 2022 Honours List.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian Academy of the Humanities recognises Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of this land, and their continuous connection to country, community and culture.