The Australian pianist, Judith Lambden, graduated from the Melbourne University Conservatorium with a B.Mus(Hons) degree. While still in Melbourne for a further seven years, her teachers were Gordon McKeown for piano and John Ingram for theory and composition. She won many prizes and made national broadcast performances for ABC radio. Having been awarded the Clarke Scholarship for 3 years of study at the Royal College of Music, she travelled to London. In her final year there, she won the Hopkinson Gold Medal and the Norris Prize. She then studied harpsichord in Siena, Italy, with Ruggero Gerlin, who had been a pupil and associate of Wanda Landowska for 20 years. She also studied under some of the great pianists and pedagogues of our times, including Kendall Taylor, Lamar Crowson, Nadia Boulanger and Paul Badura-Skoda. Later she was awarded a grant by the Dutch Government for one year of study with Gustav Leonhardt in Amsterdam.
Aided by an ability to play substantial number of J.S. Bach's keyboard works and other repertoire from memory, Judith Lambden has given many recitals in England, where she lived for 23 years, and throughout Europe. She broadcast for the BBC and Radio Hilversum. Recital venues included the Universities of Oxford, Durham, Colchester, Leicester, Surrey and London. Judith played and recorded, as harpsichordist, with the Dolmetsch Ensemble.
Since her return to Australia, concerts have included a performance of the Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto with the Camberwell Camerata and several solo piano recitals including two at the Castlemaine Festival. As harpsichordist with the group Il Sole Barocco there have been many tours and recitals including dates at Monash University.
Judith Lambden taught at the Victorian College of the Arts and at other tertiary institutions, and became an AMEB examiner in 1985 as well as being an assessor for VCAA. She has adjudicated at more than sixty eisteddfodau throughout Australia.
Judith Lambden has recorded the Great B flat Sonata of Schubert and as well as her first Divine Art CD of J.S. Bach's Partitas (BWV 825-830), is now extremely busy recording most of J.S. Bach's other keyboard works and other repertoire.