With increasing legislative and regulatory conditions about the way charities must operate and report, the Theme & Variations Foundation ensures the foundation meets professional governance and compliance standards across its full range of activities.

Overhead expenses will be minimal. All the board positions are honorary, mailing and promotional activities will be charged at cost.


The Theme & Variations Foundation’s mission is to provide support and encouragement for aspiring young Australian pianists. This will be achieved by providing scholarships, bursaries and prizes for Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia who are currently enrolled in an approved course of study in recognised secondary, tertiary or educational Australian or overseas institutions. Recipients of the Foundation’s scholarships and awards may give them access to:

  •     Events run by recognised music teaching institutions for students who could not otherwise afford such teaching
  •     Help with travel and accommodation costs and tuition fees
  •     Performance opportunities
  •     Masterclass opportunities.

The board is currently looking into all of the above ways in which support can be provided. The Foundation will review its grants programs each year to ensure they remain relevant to developments in the performance world.


Our People

  • Piers Lane
    Piers Lane, Patron
  • Ara Vartoukian
    Ara Vartoukian, Founder
  • Nyree Vartoukian
    Nyree Vartoukian, Founder
  • Alexander Gavrylyuk
    Alexander Gavrylyuk,
    concert pianist.
  • Professor Michael Brimer
    Professor Michael Brimer,
    2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 
    Artistic Assessment Panel
  • john-web
    Professor John Luxton,
    2015, 2016, 2017 Artistic
    Assessment Panel
  • Ian-web
    Ian Munro,
    2015, 2017 Artistic Assessment

Board Member Profiles