Dorothea Baker showed a keen interest in music from a very early age, composing her own choral and keyboard pieces as young as 5. She began formal music lessons with her teacher Stephen Kerr at the age of 11, when she acquired her first grand piano, a Yamaha C5.
Prior to commencing lessons with Stephen, Dorothea participated in many community music ensembles including the Kew Philharmonic Choir, the Early Music Society of Victoria and the Victorian Recorder Guild.
In 2006 she joined the choir of Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Kew, where she now contributes as an accompanist. Dorothea also plays keyboard and occasionally percussion for the Kew Philharmonic Choir, in which she sang alto for many years.
Dorothea began composing seriously in early 2011 and developed an interest in erasing the boundaries between what is considered 'classical' music and what is not. Her original compositions can be heard on the Audio and Video pages, as can recordings she has made of piano works by other composers.
Dorothea's all-time favorite composer is Maurice Ravel, and she also loves the music of Bach, Rachmaninov and Steve Reich, among others.
Dorothea currently studies piano with Stephen Kerr, who is also her duet partner in the many 4 hands works they have performed together. Dorothea has a particular interest in pedalling and the distinctive technique of pianists of the first half of the 20th century.
She is available as a pianist for weddings and functions and as an accompanist in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Please use the Contact page if you would like to get in touch with her.
Dorothea Baker at the restored
1838 Tomkison square piano on her 2nd birthday
Stephen & Dorothea rehearsing Diabelli's Piano
Sonata in D Major for 4 hands, Op. 33.
Below: Dorothea performing at Stephen Kerr's annual students concert.