Glenn Amer was born in Sydney. An invitation to London was received, at the tender age of thirteen, to participate in the studios of Geoffrey Parsons (piano) and Erich Vietheer (voice).
Back in Australia, Glenn was on staff at the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney as both voice teacher and vocal coach from 1997 to 2004 and, concurrently, guest coach for the Australian National Academy of Music - ANAM (based in Melbourne).
Glenn is featured as a Headline Entertainer on the Regent, Cunard, Royal Caribbean, Silversea, Celebrity, Crystal, Norwegian, Orient, Princess, Holland America, NHK, Saga, Oceania and Seabourn cruise lines. Touring with these companies has taken him all over the world and, extensively, throughout Australia. His Liberace style of piano playing has proved extremely popular with audiences who are also impressed with his Robert Goulet/Mario Lanza style singing.
Encompassed in Glenn's repertoire is a wide-ranging variety of styles. Whether playing a major Bach organ work or a popular song by Burt Bacharach, he is equally at home!
For many years this versatile musician was the exclusive accompanist to soprano Rita Hunter CBE and dramatic tenor Horst Hoffmann. He regularly appears in concert with Yvonne Kenny and David Hobson as well as many other equally renowned singers.
It was 1997 when Glenn appeared in concert for the then Australian Prime Minister (the Hon. John Howard), at Wrest Point Casino in Hobart, Tasmania. Two years later (1999), an invitation came to perform at the Westpac Master Musician's Series held at Somerset College, Surfer's Paradise. A repeat performance was requested and undertaken in September 2000. During the 1990s Glenn cut pianola (player piano) rolls for the Mastertouch Piano Roll Company in Sydney, (the youngest pianist to cut pianola rolls) and in 2009 made acoustic cylinder recordings for the Vulcan Cylinder Record Company in England.
In October 2001 Glenn was invited to perform at Parliament House, Canberra and at the opening of the National Wine Centre in Adelaide. Also, in 2001, Glenn undertook a month long tour of New Zealand, where he performed for over 5000 people in a single day at Christchurch Town Hall for the Christchurch Casino. A more recent highlight was "Opera on the Beach" at Cronulla in Sydney in front of an audience of over 20,000 people.
Not only is Glenn in constant demand for recitals, shows and recordings, but for coaching and teaching as well. He is regularly asked to adjudicate Eisteddfods all over Australia — a role in which he has proved popular because of the encouragement always offered to contestants.
Over the years, Glenn has recorded extensively for 2MBS-FM and for the ABC. As well as performing live to air on the Kerri-Ann Kennerly programme (TCN9), he has been on all the free to air television stations. In addition, major appearances on TV Suisse, Tokyo TV and various NZ television stations can be added to his list of appearances. In 2006, Glenn was interviewed by John Kerr on his 2UE midnight to dawn programme. That same year (2006) an invitation arrived to perform at the launch of Jetstar International, on behalf of Opera Australia, which took him to Japan and Thailand.
2007 saw Glenn appearing in Malaysia, India, Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Fiji, and many other countries! He also undertook a solo show at the Mackay Entertainment Centre, and appeared at the Alice Springs Festival. 2008was just as busy with performances in India, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, China, Japan, New Zealand, Fiji, American Samoa, the Cook Islands, Tahiti, Mexico, Hawaii, Canada, the United States (including Alaska) and all over Australia!
Glenn visited in 2009, for the first time, Tonga, Bermuda, the Azores, Lisbon, Seville, Cadiz, Barcelona, Sorrento, and Sicily. He returned to many previous destinations including Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, New Zealand and Tahiti.
In 2010, Glenn’s new range of pianola rolls became available - these were the first rolls issued in Australia since the closure of the Mastertouch Piano Roll Company.
2011 and 2012 took Glenn to Vietnam, Taiwan, China, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea and New Zealand amongst many other destinations.
2013 saw Glenn make his South American debut, with performances in Chile, Argentina and Uruguay. In April, Glenn returned from a very successful concert tour which took him to Brunei, Malaysia and Hong Kong. He also appeared in concerts for the Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Foundation with such renowned singers as Bernadette Cullen, Glenn Winslade and Adele Johnston.
His 2013 ABC Classics recording with the Seven Sopranos (which features Glenn’s arrangements, conducting and piano playing) rocketed to number 2 in the classical charts in the week it was released. A follow-up recording, “Popcorn” explores the more popular singing of the Seven Sopranos.
In 2014 Glenn joined Opera Australia as a pianist and conductor. He continued to make recordings and travel the world presenting his highly rated Headline Show.
2015 was filled with international and Australian tours, as well as new recordings which were released early 2016.
When he’s in Sydney, he can be heard playing the magnificent three manual pipe organ at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Cremorne, (where Glenn is the Director of Music), every Sunday at 9am!
2016 began with a flying start, Glenn undertook a 3 month world tour, and the remainder of the year was busy with concert appearances and Australian tours.
More recordings, as well as Australian and international tours for 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Glenn is delighted to announce that he was appointed head of faculty, Piano division, at the Hume Conservatorium in 2020. He continued his position at St. Peter’s Cremorne, as well as his freelance work on La Traviata for Opera Australia.
Vov Dylan and Glenn Amer’s latest recording - “Cole Porter - without words” is now available from good record shops and online everywhere!