Jacqueline Ogeil

Dr Jacqueline Ogeil

Dr Jacqueline Ogeil (B.Mus, B.Mus Ed, M.Mus, PhD) is an internationally respected artistic leader, performer and musicologist with over 20 years experience in education. Founder and Artistic Director of the highly acclaimed Woodend Winter Arts Festival, and Director of the baroque ensemble Accademia Arcadia (finalist for 2007 ARIA award in Classical Music) she was Executive Director of Montsalvat and Director of Duneira.

Ogeil performs on harpsichord, organ and fortepiano, and has released twelve CDs, including re-releases of Bach’s Goldberg Variations on ABC Classics. Michael Leunig created the cover of her latest CD Il Diavolo. She is broadcast via the European Broadcasting Union, ABC Classic FM (where she has been twice featured as CD of the week) and on 3MBS. Her scholarly articles on Domenico Scarlatti have been published internationally.

A copy of a Cristofori piano (c1730) was commissioned by her and supported by Dame Elisabeth Murdoch and is the only one of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. In 2014 she was a recipient of a Margaret Lawrence Bequest for Women in Arts Leadership, in 2015 was named by Westpac and the Financial Review as one of the 100 Women of Influence and in 2019 awarded an Australia Day Arts Ambassador Award from the Macedon Ranges Shire Council.

Download Dr Jacqueline Ogeil’s PhD thesis.

Jacqueline Ogeil, harpsichord

Jacqueline Ogeil, harpsichord

Reviews & Testimonials

“In Dr. Ogeil I believe you have something of a national treasure. An outstanding performer on the harpsichord, early piano and organ, a consummate chamber musician, a fine recording artist and a dedicated scholar, she is uniquely placed to bring the sounds of one of the most important eras in the history of the piano to Melbourne.”
Prof Emeritus Edward L. Kottick, School of Music, The University of Iowa, Feb 2008


“…beautiful sensitivity to style and impeccable intonation…This is baroque playing of the highest order.”
Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald, 26 January 2008


“This is a lovely disc: gorgeous but not overly familiar music played, as it ought to be, with gusto, clarity and good taste … Intonation, phrasing and ornamentation are all beautifully matched, and the rhythmic vitality is a delight.”
Malcolm Tattersal, Music Forum, February-April 2008


“Jacqueline Ogeil brings us not just another recording of Scarlatti sonatas, but a rare peak into the sonorous world of Domenico in Portugal … Particularly beautiful are her interpretations … The delicate sound of the instruments sings under Ogeil’s hands… She plays with conviction, passion, and originality. I found the final Fugue (K.417) to be deeply moving.”
Nancy Lee Harper, European Piano Teachers Association, February 2008


“Ogeil studied Scarlatti’s music for her PhD at University of Newcastle so her playing recorded here on ABC Classics label Antipodes for historically informed performances, is not just beautifully articulated, supple and well informed, but will put Australia and its academic prowess in the international arena.”
Patricia Kelly, The Courier Mail (QLD), Thursday 6 September 2007


“Both the playing and recording are much better than the piano’s previous recorded outings with the BBC. Congratulations! And I know better than most what you were up against. You have drawn from it great variety and vitality.”
Christopher Nobbs (musicologist, piano restorer), London, personal email of 10 January 2008


“With this disc [Goldberg Variations] and with her recent disc of Handel’s Italian cantatas with the Accademia Arcadia, Jacqueline Ogeil seals her reputation as one of Australia’s finest musicians.”
Mark Shepheard, Libretto magazine, February 2005


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