Renowned flutist Julien Beaudiment brilliantly represents the French flute school. After having held the prestigious principal flute position of the Los Angeles Philharmonic he is now the principal flute of the Lyon National Opera House and teacher at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Lyon.
Born near Bordeaux (France), he crossed the Channel when he was 18 years old to study at the Guildhall School of Music in London with Paul Edmund- Davies and Averill Williams. He stayed there two years, before finishing his studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris with Sophie Cherrier, assisted by Vincent Lucas and Michel Moragués for chamber music. He successfully obtained the flute and chamber music awards.His studies enabled him to rub shoulders with other great professors, such as Vicens Prats, Maxence Larrieu, Jacques Zoon, Benoît Fromanger, Ransom Wilson, and Joshua Smith.
Very quickly his concert career led him to perform as a soloist on great stages and at renowned festivals, including the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Kumho Art Hall in Seoul, the Essen Philharmonie, the Palau de la Música in Barcelona, the Opéra National de Lyon, the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Tokyo Casals Hall, the Albert Long Hall in Istanbul, the Beijing National Center for the Performing Arts, the Seoul Art Center, the Berlin Konzerthaus, the Chicago Symphony Center, the Walt Disney Hall in LA, the Slovenian Philharmonie, the Rheingau Festival, the Festival de Musique et de Danse de Montpellier, the Varna International Festival in Bulgaria, the Mostly Mozart festival in London, accompanied by the Stuttgart Kammerorchester, the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss, the Deusche Staats Philharmonie, the Beijing Symphony Orchestra, the Seoul Gangnam Philharmonic, the Cannes Symphony Orchestra, the Varna Philharmonic Orchestra, The Nancy Opera House Orchestra, the Lyon National Opera House Orchestra, the Chicago Philharmonic...
From the Tokyo Suntory Hall to the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, he has also performed within celebrated orchestras in outstanding halls all over the world ; such as the Beijing Opera Orchestra, l’Orchestre de Paris, l’Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Paris, the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester, the NDR Orchestra in Hamburg, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, and the Orchestre National de Bordeaux.
A chamber music enthusiast, Beaudiment is a Laureate of the Barcelona International Sonata Competition. He has performed beside artists such as the members of the Wiener Philharmoniker, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Bayerische Rundfunukt, the Quatuor Psophos, the Quatuor Diotima, Philippe Bernold, Sophie Cherrier, Rachel Brown, and Michel Moragués. He has accompanied the famous dancers/choreographers Régine Chopinot and Benjamin Millepied, performing Bach’s Partita and collaborated with various kinds of music, recording for Abbey Road Studios with Sarah Brightman for example, or in studios in Los Angeles for TV shows like Doctor Who and Battle Star Galactica, and played with the actress Julie Andrews, the actor Seth McFarlane, the pop stars John Legend, Ruben Blades, Antony and the Johnson.
Besides his teaching position at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Lyon, Julien also teaches in many academies: “Vanderbilt Academy” in Aix en Provence, the Nice International Summer Academy, the Académie Internationale des Arcs (France), and in many master classes in North America (Colburn School in Los Angeles, Manhattan School of Music New York, Juilliard School Montreal University, Vanderbilt University Nashville...) Europe, and Asia (China, Japan, Korea, Thailand and Taiwan).
Leone Buyse is the Mullen Professor of Flute at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. In 1993 she relinquished her position with the Boston Symphony Orchestra to pursue a more active teaching and solo career after 22 years as an orchestral musician. Acting principal flutist of the BSO during her last three years in Boston, she was invited by Seiji Ozawa to join the orchestra in 1983 as assistant principal flutist and principal flutist of the Boston Pops. Previously she served as assistant principal flutist of the San Francisco Symphony and played solo piccolo and second flute with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
Widely recognized as one of America's foremost flute pedagogues, Ms. Buyse has taught at the University of Michigan, the New England Conservatory, Boston University, the Tanglewood Music Center, the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, and as a visiting associate professor at the Eastman School of Music. Her students hold positions in many major orchestras, including the symphony orchestras of Boston, Cleveland, San Francisco, St. Louis, Houston, Kansas City, and San Diego, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Colorado Symphony, the New Zealand Symphony, the Singapore Symphony, and the Adelaide Symphony. Others are professors at such schools as the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Colorado at Boulder, Arizona State, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Ball State University (Muncie, IN) and St. Olaf College.
Michael Cox is one of Britain’s foremost flute-players. Although born in England he spent his childhood in Africa. He studied music at the Zimbabwe College of Music and then the Royal College of Music in London. Early competitive successes led directly to a solo career that has included concerts and recordings in all continents and performances with major orchestras and conductors. As a chamber musician he has performed with many well known British quartets, quintets and ensembles (and worked alongside musicians of the ilk of James Galway and Murray Perahia) as well as being a member, at various times, of the Haffner and Albion wind ensembles, London Symphony Chamber Players and London Sinfonietta.
An interest in a wider repertoire led to a concurrent orchestral career, first as co-principal with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and then as principal flute of the London Symphony Orchestra, London Mozart Players and Britten Sinfonia. He now holds what he considers an ideal portfolio of tenures combining the principal flute chairs of a symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra and a contemporary music ensemble - namely the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Academy of St Martin’s in the Fields and the London Sinfonietta. Through this work he has worked with a great raft of the world’s greatest conductors and soloists. Also, his particular interest in contemporary music has meant that he has also worked, often closely, with composers such as Messiaen, Takemitsu, Dutilleux, Berio, Boulez, Tippett, Birtwistle, Stockhausen, Henze, Adams, Carter, Penderecki, Lutoslawski.
A passionate and highly dedicated teacher Michael Cox is professor of flute at the Royal Academy of Music in London and is sought after as a visiting consultant and by students worldwide. In addition he has also given his unique curricular flute course internationally, most recently at the Oxford Flute Course, UK, and in Adelaide, Australia.
Michael Cox plays on Altus flutes and has recently become an Altus Artist.
Adelaide Flutes specialise in bohemian, folk, and gypsy music. They bring a unique, creative and alternative approach to playing music with flutes. Their music features multiple low flutes and their passion is to be different and play unexpected pieces with bohemian flair and effects. The 5 players from Adelaide will be joined by Australia’s premier low flute player Peter Sheridan from Melbourne.
Adelaide Flutes is directed by Alan Aungles and has award winning players. Karen was a member of Kshema, the winners of the 2006 flute ensemble competition at the Australian Flute Festival. Kerryn and Julie have presented many sold out concerts for the Adelaide Fringe Festival and toured New Zealand and the UK with Elizatones. Peter Sheridan directs the Monash Flute Ensemble and has released several CDs often heard on ABC Classic FM. Alan’s Marryatville High Flute Ensemble won both flute ensemble competitions at the 2005 Australian Flute Convention.
Alan Aungles Piccolo, Alto, Bass flute & Quena (Peruvian flute)
Diane studied under Rosamund Plummer at the NSW Conservatorium gaining her Bachelor of Music (With Merit). With the aid of a Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship, Music Students' Overseas Study Foundation and a Sydney Conservatorium Association Scholarship Diane gained her Graduate Performers Diploma at Indiana University studying with Peter Lloyd and Kate Lukas (with distinction).
Diane has held the position of Principal Piccolo with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra since 1990.
Teaching is also a great passion, currently teaching privately and at Killarney Heights High School.
Since 1992, Diane has enjoyed being part of Quinterlude Wind Quintet.
Well regarded as one of WA’s most talented and respected professional vocal artists, Ali Bodycoat has performed with The West Australian Symphony Orchestra, at the Perth International Jazz Festival, Music on the Terrace at the Government House Ballroom, the Perth Fringe Festival, Jazz By the Bay, His Majesty’s Theatre, the Regal Theatre and to packed houses at one of Australia’s best live music venues, The Ellington Jazz Club.
Ali’s range of talents begins with Jazz vocals crossing over to Cabaret, Musical Theatre, MC hosting and engagements and her solo, duo, trio, quartet and quintet combinations.
Ali has performed in many Musical Theatre productions such as Chicago, Rent, Hair the Musical and Company, whilst collaborating with WA’s finest artists, directors and musicians to create original productions in Jazz, Cabaret and Theatre.
Ali has written, created and performed in the sell-out productions - Minor Major Marlene - winning Best Cabaret Award 2017, Franklin – the Music of Aretha Franklin and most recently, performed in and/or co-created other original projects such as Exactly Like You – The Story of Dorothy Fields, Over the Rainbow and Bringing Back Bacharach.
Ali studied Musical Theatre Cert IV at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), taught jazz vocals at the Academy as well as continuing to teach vocals privately and conduct sessions and master classes at various schools and institutions throughout Western Australia.
Ali is an Ambassador for the world renowned and recently retired, West Australian fashion designer, Aurelio Costarella.
Jane Bolinowsky studied under many of the leading exponents of her art — including Vernon Hill, Margaret Crawford and Thomas Pinschof in Australia and William Bennett and Severino Gazelloni in the UK and Italy.
Jane performs as a soloist and chamber musician in recitals and at ceremonies and corporate functions. Her collaboration with organist Amy Johansen led to performances in the UK, France, Spain, Switzerland and at many locations throughout Sydney.
She was a founding member of the Hills Chamber Ensemble — a group which continues to explore and present the repertoire for flute, strings, keyboard and voice, as well as creating their own arrangements and commissioning original works.
Jane is an experienced teacher whose approach embraces the physical, mental and emotional aspects of music making. She specialises in preparing students for the HSC, for scholarships and tertiary entrance auditions and Diploma level examinations.
She has been teaching at PLC since 1987 and has taught graduate and post graduate students at the University of Southern Queensland, Sydney Conservatorium, UNSW and AIM.
She has private studios on the North Shore and in the Hills District of Sydney, Australia.
Abigail Burrows leads a varied freelance career working as a soloist, orchestral player and teacher. As a soloist, she has appeared at most major London venues and performed extensively throughout Europe, Africa and the U.S. Career highlights include playing the solo flute part of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto no.5 with The Philharmonia Orchestra in Switzerland, recitals and concertos in Russia (soloist with the Novgorod Philharmonic Orchestra), and being a guest artist at a Jethro Tull concert at The Barbican, performing a solo slot and a duet with the legendary rock-flautist, Ian Anderson.
Abbie freelances for several orchestras and west-end shows and was the flautist on the UK Tours of Wicked and The King and I. A passionate teacher, she tutors on numerous flute events and courses. Her creative (and unorthodox!) teaching style has earned her an international reputation, with several of her workshops being scheduled in events across the UK, Germany, Portugal, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Holland and Australia.
Abbie lives in London with her husband and fellow flautist, Gareth McLearnon.
Adelaide-born Margaret Crawford played piano and composed from the age of nine. At fifteen she began flute lessons with David Cubbin at the Elder Conservatorium and then moved to Melbourne in 1960 to undertake a tertiary degree at the Melbourne University Conservatorium, studying flute under Leslie Barklamb and piano under Ronald Farren-Price. In 1963 she gained her BMus and two years later a Master of Music majoring in flute performance.
In 1966 she won the ABC Concerto Competition (now Young Performer of the Year), which led to solo performances with all of the State Symphony Orchestras and numerous broadcasts. A major focus for her at this time was the performance of contemporary music. In 1967 she travelled to Vienna where she specialized in baroque music, studying recorder under Professor Hans-Maria Kneihs and flute under Hans Reznicek at the Vienna Academy of Music, graduating with honours in 1969. She also studied flute in Paris under Jean-Pierre Rampal and Alain Marion and attended masterclasses given by Rampal, Gazzeloni, Gerard Schaub and Marcel Moyse.
Since returning to Australia in 1970 Margaret Crawford has taught flute at the Canberra School of Music, the Sydney Conservatorium, the Queensland Conservatorium, the Melbourne University Conservatorium, the Victorian College of the Arts and the Australian National Academy of Music. From 1990 to mid-1997 she held the position of Head of Woodwind, Brass and Percussion at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Returning to Australia, she held the position of Senior Lecturer in Flute at the Sydney Conservatorium from 1998 to 2003. She moved back to Melbourne at the end of 2003.
Margaret Crawford has presented masterclasses and lectures on a wide range of musical and flute-related subjects. As a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician she has toured Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain, and South East Asia. She has broadcast extensively in Australia and recorded a number of works by Australian composers. Margaret Crawford teaches at the VCA and at the Music Faculty of Melbourne University and is Artist in Residence at the Australian National Academy of Music.
With a career in music spanning more than thirty years, Prue is inspired and influenced by diverse musical genres and disciplines. Educated in Melbourne, she holds a Bachelor of Music, Grad Dip in Performance, LMus A (Distinction) and Master of Music in Performance-Teaching.
During her Grad Dip at VCA Prue wrote a detailed dissertation based on six existing hand-written manuscripts of JS Bach’s B minor flute sonata BWV 1030 located in libraries around the world. She compared these with fourteen current available editions and the Bach -Gesellschaft Ausgabe/Neue Bach Ausgabe with the intent on revealing the more ‘accurate’ editions and editorial trends.
Prue was lecturer in flute at the University of Tasmania (Launceston) and AMEB examiner in flute. She toured as a soloist with Ensemble Zauberflote performing her arrangement of Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras No.5 on E- flat flute.
In Geelong Prue became influenced by the folk music scene, namely traditional Irish and Scottish music. Via pub sessions and Celtic Festivals, Prue was drawn to the social and inclusive nature of this music and the everyday person’s desire to have fun with music. The Oral Traditions that define Celtic music meant that she could expand her classical training with the art of playing by ear, so that you play ‘from the heart’, such a valuable ability for any musician. In this realm Prue enthusiastically teaches both classical and Celtic flute to adult learners of all abilities.
Since 2009 Fluteworthy have created an invaluable collection of sheet music, CDs and books for flute players. Lamorna, Jocelyn and Christine have used their combined experience as teachers, performers, composers and arrangers to publish music which is suitable for Australian flute teachers and students. This includes music which can be used for HSC exams and AMEB exams. They have made two recordings of Australian flute music; ‘Eat Chocolate and Cry’ 2009 and 'Spirit of the Plains' 2013. Several new works were commissioned by Fluteworthy for inclusion in the CDs. Many other works were adapted in consultation with Australian composers to make them suitable for the NSW year 12 syllabus.
Jocelyn Fazzone teaches flute extensively, at the Sydney Conservatorium and in her private studio. She has won 10 teaching awards, is the Woodwind Advisor, Federal & senior examiner for the AMEB, and also loves to use her piano skills working as associate artist with leading flautists.
Lamorna Nightingale is a core member of the new music group - Ensemble Offspring and has been performing with them since 2007. She has appears regularly with some of Sydney's best orchestras and chamber groups. Lamorna has an active teaching studio and is a senior examiner for the AMEB. From 2012-14 Lamorna was the President of the Flute Society of NSW.
Christine Draeger teaches students of all levels. She is a founding member of Tucana Flute Quartet. She works regularly with pianist John Martin and particularly enjoys composing and arranging music for flute.
Pianist Yen-Lin Goh is an avid performer of contemporary classical music integrating culture, language, and multi-disciplinary art. She has premiered numerous solo and chamber works across North America, Europe, and Africa. Notable composers she has collaborated with include Chen Yi, Ge Gan-ru, and Mayke Nas. In 2015, she was invited as one of two musicians for a residency at Brush Creek Foundation in Wyoming, U.S.A. Other awards include the Tunisian/American Embassy Piano Fellowship. Yen-Lin’s special interest in improvisation has led her to form improvisation ensembles and to work extensively with different instrumentalists, dancers, and theater directors, including vocalist Alex Samaras.
Yen-Lin received her D.M.A. in Contemporary Music from Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA. She also holds degrees in Piano Performance and Communication Arts/Radio-TV-Film from UW-Madison and Oklahoma City University. Her passion for teaching brought her to Tanzania from 2013-15, working as a teaching fellow at Umoja School of Music and a lecturer at Tumaini University Makumira. She is currently a senior lecturer at Sultan Idris Education University in Malaysia.
Originally from New Zealand, Julia Grenfell has been Principal Piccolo of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra since 2001. Previous to that, Julia completed a Master of Music at Northwestern University in Chicago, studying with Walfrid Kujala; and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Flute Performance at Rice University in Houston, studying with Leone Buyse,
Julia has held positions with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and the San Antonio Symphony in Texas. Music festival participation includes the UBS Verbier Festival International Youth Orchestra in Verbier, Switzerland; Tanglewood festival in Massachusetts; National Repertory Orchestra in Colorado; and Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California.
Since being in Adelaide Julia has appeared several times as soloist with the ASO and has performed chamber music with the Stellar Collective, Ensemble le Monde, and the Tancibudek Wind Quintet. In 2007 Julia was a guest artist at the Sydney Flute Festival, and in 2009 she held several workshops on Orchestral Playing in conjunction with her ASO colleagues at the Australian Flute Festival in Adelaide.
Leigh Harrold enjoys a reputation as a “musician of rare talent and intelligence”, and is one of Australia’s busiest and most sought-after pianists. He has performed extensively throughout Europe, North America, Africa and Australia as both soloist and chamber musician, including concerts at Australia House in London, the Royal Academy of Music, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the Harare International Festival of Arts, and concerto engagements with many Australian orchestras. He has an internationally lauded reputation as an associate artist, having collaborated with such luminaries as Thomas Reibl, lecturer in viola at the Salzburg Mozarteum; Michael Cox, principal flautist with the BBC Symphony Orchestra; Daniel Gaede, ex-concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra; London flautist Wissam Boustany; New York violinist Charles Castleman; Swedish cellist Mats Lidstrom; and British pianist Mark Gasser. He is also a committed teacher and speaker, having earned much acclaim not just as a performer, but also as a presenter and pedagogue. He holds a PhD in piano performance, and two University medals. He also enjoys a bit of coffee and yoga (though not at the same time).
Vernon was Principal Flute in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for more than 10 years. He represented Australia in the World Symphony Orchestra in the USA in 1971 and has played guest principal flute with many orchestras including the London Symphony, the BBC, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestras.
He has performed many concertos with all of the Australian Symphony Orchestras in addition to numerous solo recitals in all four capital cities. On his European solo concert tours he has performed in London, Hungary and the former Yugoslavia, at the Jerash Festival in Jordan, for the Israel Philharmonic Society in Tel Aviv, and with the Australian Chamber Orchestra in Greece. His overseas concert tours with the Canberra Wind Soloists have also been quite extensive, taking him through Japan, Russia, Yugoslavia,New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, Korea and Vietnam, and in 1996 he toured Asia as Guest Principal Flute with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. He has recorded for EMI, Festival, Peter Mann, Move,Fluteworks and the ABC, in addition to playing on many film soundtracks and an Olivia Newton John CD. His EMI recording of the Colin Brumby Concerto received wide acclaim and sold out almost immediately. It has since been re-released on a CD featuring Australian compositions, and the slow movement of this concerto is also featured in a ?swoon? collection CD! He has also recorded all of the Bach flute sonatas on 2 CD's on the Move label. Vernon is a highly respected master teacher of the flute and is the author of "The Flute Players Book with Demonstration CD" by Vernon Hill, which is now in its third edition,and continues to be sold throughout the world.
Mr. Hill's teaching career spans more than 40 years and in that time he has had a profound influence on helping to raise the quality of flute playing in Australia. He joined the faculty of the Canberra School of Music in 1980, was Head of the Woodwind Department from 1983 - 1999, and is now continuing his association at the School as a Distinguished Artist for the Australian National University.
IF Ensemble was founded in August 2012 with professors and graduates of Inje university in Korea.
Professor Shinjung Oh is the music director and leader. IF Ensemble is not only devoted to cultural and classical music development in the region but also to the study of classical flute music. IF stands for Inje Flute and has a literal meaning as well. It is our promise that IF we can create musical and cultural satisfaction even for one audience member, we shall continue to play and study our music with all our passion and efforts. We have been performing our music especially in those areas lacking cultural benefits. In addition, we have performed at the Garden Concert in San Francisco, USA and opening concert at the Asia Flute Association Convention. We were also invited to play at the Jeju International Wind Festival, the 15th Japan Flute Convention and the International Symposium of Flute in China. Recently we had a performance at the Verne Q. Powell flute showcase at the 44th National Flute Association in USA.
Flautist and writer Naomi Johnson is a versatile and inquisitive performer of solo, chamber and orchestral music. She has worked with ensembles including the Australian National Academy (ANAM) Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Offspring, the music box project, the Melbourne University New Music Ensemble, Forest Collective, and as part of the Metropolis New Music Festival (Melbourne). A three-time participant in the SoundSCAPE festival (Maccagno, Italy), she has worked with composers from Australia, New Zealand the UK and the USA, and is increasingly active in commissioning new works.
Naomi holds a Masters of Music (Performance, 2014) from the University of Melbourne, and has also studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland and at the Trevor Wye Flute Studio in the UK. A keen advocate of music through the written and spoken word, Naomi has worked with Garden of Ideas (UK) and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as a Music Presentation Fellow. She is currently based in Sydney as a music programmer with ABC Classic FM, and remains active as a writer and blogger.
Flutists Monika Koerner and Jodie Rottle combine their expertise of classical and contemporary performance in the interpretation of works for two flutes as the Koerner/Rottle Duo. Originating from Austria and America, respectively, the Brisbane-based ensemble is versatile in its performances of works from all eras that explore engaging approaches to duo repertoire, some of which extends the role of the flutist to performance artist, vocalist, or percussionist. By involving elements such as voice, megaphones, bicycle pumps, and a collection of high and low flutes, the K/R Duo achieves sounds that range from the energetic and animated to the mysterious and hypnotic.
Both Monika and Jodie are accomplished flutists, working in Brisbane with Camerata of St John's, Kupka's Piano, and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in addition to maintaining their eclectic careers in North America and Europe. The duo's Australian performances reflect their worldly influence, having included collaboration with Clocked Out Duo; at the “Paint it Red” series at Jugglers Art Space; and the UnBound Flute Festival in Brisbane.
James Kortum is Lecturer in Flute at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Prior to this current position he was Lecturer in Flute at the University of Newcastle Conservatorium of Music. As an orchestral player, James has been Principal Flute with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Principal Flute with the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra and Second Flute with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
James has appeared as Guest Artist at Flute Festivals held in Sydney, Brisbane, Coffs Harbour, Canberra and in Hamilton and Christchurch, New Zealand. A devoted ‘yogi’, James teaches yoga classes at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and will once again be offering classes at the 2017 Australian Flute Festival. James recently gave classes for the Emily Beynon Flute Summer School in NSW and also at the International Flute Symposium in Christchurch, New Zealand. James is honoured to be on the Artistic Committee for the 2017 Australian Flute Festival.
Mitchell Leigh commenced his musical studies at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, where his teacher was Max Olding. He subsequently studied at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver with Robert Silverman.
Since returning to Brisbane in 1990 he has established a significant career, primarily as an accompanist but also on occasion as a soloist. He has accompanied many world-class instrumentalists, including both touring soloists and principal players in major orchestras. He has accompanied at numerous International conferences, including the International Double Reed Conference (Melbourne, 2005), the International Horn Society Conference (Brisbane, 2010), and the international Clarinet Society Conference (Melbourne, 2011).
Mitchell has performed many times as a member of the Qld Symphony Orchestra and has acted as repetiteur for several Opera Queensland main stage productions including Phillip Glass’s The Perfect American for the 2014 Brisbane Festival. He has also performed in numerous chamber groups throughout Queensland and other parts of Australia. He has been on the staff of the Qld Conservatorium since 1991 and continues to work in a casual capacity at the University of Qld Music Department.
In addition, Mitchell has composed numerous works for various instrumental combinations. These works include, among others, a saxophone quartet (1997 rev. 2012), a piano trio (1997 rev. 2012) and a tuba concerto (2011).
Karen Lonsdale holdsa Bachelor of Music (1988) and Graduate Diploma of Music (1989) from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, a Meisterklassendiplom (1992) from the Hochschule für Musik in Munich, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from Griffith University (2011).
She has performed with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony, Munich Symphony, Queensland Pops Orchestra, Camerata of St. John’s, and X-Collective Cabaret Ensemble.
She has adjudicated at the Australian National Band Championships, Sultan Idris National Wind Orchestra Competition (Malaysia), Finale Wind Orchestra (Malaysia), as well as various eisteddfods in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.
She has presented flute playing-related research papers at the Australian Flute Festival; Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare Conference; National Flute Association Convention, Performing Arts Medicine Symposium (USA), and the University of Cambridge (UK).
Dr Karen Lonsdale is currently a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Music and Performing Arts, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) in Perak, Malaysia.
Andrew Macleod has been Principal Piccolo of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra since 2003. Andrew commenced flute and piccolo study in Brisbane with Jeanette Manricks and later studied in England with Trevor Wye.
Aside from the MSO, Andrew has also played with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Malaysian Philharmonic and the Australian World Orchestra.
In June 2013 Andrew gave the world premiere of Paul Stanhope’s Concerto for Piccolo with the MSO. The recording of the performance was released on the MSO LIVE label by the ABC, and in 2014 the album was nominated for an ARIA for Best Classical Album. Andrew teaches at the University of Melbourne and, with James Kortum, holds an annual retreat at Macedon, “The Complete Flute,” for flute students from around Australia.
Angus has been playing the flute for more than 35 years and spent 15 years teaching and playing professionally. He has been been a full time flute technician since 1999 and started working for Flutes and Flutists and Flute Fidelity in 1998. He spent 2 years living in the United States where he studied and worked with some of the best flutemakers and technicians in the world. He also spent time training at the Burkart factory in Boston. Since returning from the United States, Angus has done regular repair work for players in all the major Australian orchestras as well as players from the New Zealand and Auckland Symphony orchestras, and the Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysian Symphonies. He has also done work for many visiting international artists including Emily Beynon, Michael Cox, Denis Bouriakov and Paul Edmund Davies. Angus is an authorised Straubinger technician.
Edison is a renowned Brazilian Woodwind Repair Technician specialised in top-end flutes and piccolo , wooden instruments restorations and Straubinger padding. He has attended several international courses on advanced tuning, gold, silver and bronze welding, lathe operation, wood restoration techniques and the development of new manufactured woodwind instrument parts. Repairing flutes full time since 2002 from Latin America to New Zealand and now Australia, Edison has worked alongside the best artists from Argentina National Orchestra, Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Perth Symphony Orchestra , Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and numerous international jazz musicians.
Tomomi Matsuo has been awarded several prizes throughout Japan both as a soloist and as a chamber musician, including the Gold Prize in the 26th All Japan Ensemble Contest and the 3rd Prize at the 58th Student Music Competition of Japan in Osaka. She has also been awarded prizes at the 19th Music Competition of Kanagawa in Japan and the 9th Biwako International Flute Competition.
Tomomi completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at the Tokyo University of the Arts with Professor Tomio Nakano. She then took part in a two-year intensive course at Trevor Wye’s Flute Studio in the UK. In the summer of 2014, Tomomi graduated from the Zurich University of the Arts with a Master degree in Music Performance (Orchestra) under the tutelage of Professor Matthias Ziegler. She was then accepted into the Specialised Master of Music (Soloist) program there which she completed in 2016. During her studies, Tomomi became the assistant teacher to Professor Ziegler.
Tomomi is a regular assistant performer at Trevor Wye's lectures in the UK, USA and Japan and in September 2011, she began performing with the Senzoku-gakuen New Philharmonic Orchestra. Tomomi has also been invited as a guest performer at the National Flute Association Convention, the British Flute Society Festival and the Australian Flute Festival. More recently, Tomomi has had several performances with the Philharmonia Zurich. Tomomi has collaborated with many world-renowned conductors including Kazuki Yamada, Nelo Santi, Fabio Luisi, Alain Altinoglu and Jun Marrkl and in 2015, she had the opportunity to collaborate with Toshio Hosokawa as a soloist for his work, Voyage V.
Multi award-winning Northern Irish flautist Gareth McLearnon leads a truly international and diverse career. An alumnus of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama (2003), Gareth has gone on to carve out a unique career encompassing many genres and styles of music, and a multitude of varied artistic activities. In 2015-2016 he performed concerts and gave masterclasses in Australia, Portugal, Iceland, France, The Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Spain, UAE, China, Hong Kong, Poland and the USA as well as many UK engagements including orchestral, chamber music, West End and recording session work. He has been principal flute of the Heritage Orchestra since 2009; a Yuri Bashmet Academy professor in since 2013, teaching classes all over Russia as well as performing concertos with Moscow Soloists; and has given masterclasses at Yale University, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Central Conservatory of Music, Beijing.
A published composer and arranger, Gareth’s works for flute & piano, and for flute choir are performed across the globe. He is extremely proud to be the very first European Artist-in-Residence for the Wm. S. Haynes Co. and plays on a Custom made solid 14K flute made for him in 2015.
Bridget Douglas is the Principal Flute of the NZSO. She completed a BMus at Victoria University in Wellington.
Bridget went to New York and Chicago for further studies assisted by a Fulbright Scholarship. She completed a MMus at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, studying flute with Samuel Baron. She was also a member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra for a season. In Chicago she studied with Walfrid Kujala and Donald Peck.
Bridget won several competitions including the New York Flute Club Young Artist’s Competition and an Artists International Award, resulting in recitals at New York’s CAMI Hall and Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall respectively.
Bridget is also a member of the harp/flute duo Flight and the contemporary ensemble Stroma. She has released four CD’s: Syrinx French music for flute and piano; Taurangi music by New Zealand composers; Flight music for flute and harp with Carolyn Mills and Zephyr, NZ Music for Winds with fellow NZSO principals.
In 2011-12 Bridget went on a 12-month orchestral exchange with the Hannover Staatsoper Orchestra in Germany.
Dr Kirstin Eade is the Associate Principal Flutist, joining the NZSO in 2003. Originally from the Waikato, Kirstin completed undergraduate degrees in Music and English in New Zealand before moving to the United States. She received a Master’s degree from the University of Michigan and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Shepherd School of Music, Rice University in Texas.
She is currently an Artist Teacher of Flute at the New Zealand School of Music.
Kirstin was invited to perform at the American National Flute Convention in 2010 and was the guest Artist at the Hamilton Flute Festival.
She performs with the Wellington-based contemporary ensemble, Stroma and is a member of Kontiki Tangle, a celtic-influenced band.
Luca Manghi won first prize at the Arrigo Boito National Music Conservatory. He was then awarded the highest distinction by the Biella International Superior Music Academy "L. Perosi" for his work with Peter Lukas Graf.
Winner of several soloist international competitions (UFAM Paris Competition, City of Genova Competition, “Domenico Cimarosa” Aversa Competition) Luca has performed as principal flautist for many European orchestras, including the Mantova Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre Symphonique Francais and the Orchestra Filarmonica di Parma.
He now lives in New Zealand where he works as freelance musician playing with the major orchestras of the country, and in solo and chamber music performances.
Since 2008 he has taught flute and chamber music at Auckland University, and from 2009 at Otago University and Waikato University.
In 2011 and 2015 Luca was invited to give a recital and a master class at the Australian Flute Festival, and often gives recitals in Europe and Asia with pianist David Kelly. Their CD Quays has been released on Atoll Records.
Andrew studied at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
Since the age of twenty two, Andrew has held principal flute positions with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra under David Atherton, the Halle Orchestra under Kent Negano and Sir Mark Elder, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra under Daniele Gatti and Charles Dutoit, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Thierry Fischer and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, under Paul Daniel and Asher Fisch.
He has regularly appeared as guest principal flautist with the LSO, the LPO, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Philharmonia, Bournemouth Symphony, BBC Philharmonic, City of Birmingham, Malaysia Philharmonic, China Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, London Chamber, Guangzhou Symphony, Auckland Symphony, Athens Camerata, Royal Scottish National, Scottish Chamber, English Chamber, Hebrides Ensemble, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Andrew teaches at WAAPA and UWA, and has given master-classes in London (Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Royal Academy and Royal Colleges of Music), Manchester (RNCM, Chetham’s), Belgium, Poland, New York, Melbourne’s Australian National Academy of Music, Hong Kong, Brisbane and Sydney.
Andrew has coached the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, the National Youth Orchestra of Wales and the Australian Youth Orchestra.
Andrew is a Haynes Artist and plays on a solid 14K gold flute, with 14K gold keys.
You can find out more about Andrew on his website - www.andrewnicholsonflute.com
Claire Nicholson - Over the last 25 years, Claire Nicholson has had a busy performing career playing flute and piccolo in professional music theatre productions including Wicked, Love Never Dies, Miss Saigon, Oliver, The Wizard of Oz and many others. Claire has worked with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, the Australian Pops Orchestra and other chamber ensembles in Melbourne. She currently plays Principal Flute with Alpha Sinfonia and is a founding member of the Bayside Chamber Orchestra. Claire teaches at Shelford Girls' School as well at MacRobertson Girl's High School and runs a private teaching studio. Kaye Duffell - Kaye Duffell has played flute and piccolo professionally for many years in symphony orchestras, music theatre, opera, ballet and chamber music throughout Australia, in Europe and USA. She also enjoys a busy teaching and examining schedule. She has taken part in the Australian and New Zealand Andrea Bocelli tour and performs regularly the Australian Philharmonic Orchestra and is a founding member of Bayside Chamber Orchestra.
Together, Claire and Kaye love to present innovative programmes and the works of new composers. A variety of members of the flute family are incorporated in their performances and Kaye and Claire enjoy exploring the diverse timbres and technical boundaries of each instrument.
For over 30 years, Karen North has applied her proficiency as a flutist and experience as an educator to teaching young students and adult beginners how to play the flute. She holds a Master of Music Degree (University of New South Wales), a B.A. Honours Music Degree (University of Sydney) and a Graduate Diploma in Education (Music). Following graduation, Karen completed orchestral conducting studies in Europe before returning to Australia to conduct concerts and musical productions. Karen’s illustrious teaching career has included working with government and private schools at both primary and secondary levels, including seven years as Director of Music at Sydney Grammar (Edgecliff) School. Karen is the author of the popular flute tutor series “The Young Flute Player” for Beginner level to Second Grade. She has recently added two ensemble books (Beginner and Intermediate level) to the collection, featuring colour coded parts. Karen has also worked as a lecturer, adjudicator and examiner, presenting workshops for teachers and masterclasses for NSW Higher School Certificate students.
Lisa Osmialowski has established herself as one of the leading flautists in Australia and the U.K., having played as a Guest Principal with the AOBO, ACO and Sydney Symphony. After graduating from the RNCM in Manchester, Lisa enjoyed a busy freelance career in the U.K., performing with the RPO, LPO and ENO. She has also performed as a recitalist and chamber musician at the Purcell Room and at festivals including Cheltenham and Aldeburgh. Lisa has a strong interest in chamber music, being a founder member of Kammer Ensemble with her husband John Lewis, and performs regularly with Ensemble Vinifera and Omega Ensemble.
Russell Pinkston currently resides in Austin, Texas, where he is Professor of Music Composition and Director of Electronic Music Studios at The University of Texas at Austin. He holds degrees from Dartmouth College (BA 1975) and Columbia University (MA 1979, DMA 1984). He is active both as a composer and as a prominent pedagogue and researcher in the field of computer music. His compositions span a wide range of different media, including symphonic, choral, and chamber works, electronic music for modern dance, and interactive performance pieces. He has received a number of significant honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and a senior Fulbright Fellowship to Brazil. He is a founding member and former President of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the U. S., and has served as a Regional Representative for the Americas for the International Computer Music Association. His music is recorded on Boston Skyline, Centaur, Folkways, Koch International, New Dynamic, Ravello, and Summit Brass Records, and published by Rein Free Press (ASCAP).
Rosamund Plummer began her studies at the Sydney Conservatorium High School as a student of Peter Richardson and Margaret Crawford. In 1978 she was appointed Principal Piccolo with the Elizabethan Melbourne Orchestra (now the State Orchestra of Victoria) and, a year later, Associate Principal Flute. During her time in Melbourne, she took a year's leave to study in London with Peter Lloyd of the London Symphony Orchestra and William Bennett of the English Chamber Orchestra.
As winner of the Sixth National Flute Competition in 1986, she travelled to New York to perform in masterclasses with James Galway and Louis Moyse. That same year she was appointed Principal Piccolo of the Sydney Symphony. In 1999, as the recipient of a Friends of the Sydney Symphony scholarship, she studied with Walfrid Kujala, Principal Piccolo of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
As a founding member of the flute quartet Tucana, she regularly commissions and performs new music by Australian composers Rosamund teaches flute at the Conservatorium High School, tutors the national and Sydney Youth orchestras and is co-author of Studies for the Advanced Flautist (Australian Music Centre).
As the first recipient of Columbia University’s Global Wind Artist Residency, in 2014, Rosamund spent 3 months in Tokyo learning to play the ryuteki, a medieval Japanese flute.
Italian-born pianist Gabriella Pusner studied at the Conservatorium of Music with Igor Hmelnitsky, graduating with both Teacher and Performer Diplomas and awarded the Shadforth Hooper Prize for the most outstanding recitalist.
She has maintained a busy career as soloist and also associate artist for visiting international artists such as Denis Bouriakov, Aldo Baerten and Alexa Still.
Her teaching positions have included the Sydney Conservatorium Keyboard Department, Australian Institute of Music and Newcastle University Music Department.
Presently, Gabriella maintains an active teaching schedule with a private studio and, more recently, being involved in the establishment of the Theme and Variations Piano School operating from the Theme and Variations Piano Showroom in Sydney.
Michal is an accomplished musician of exceptional versatility. He has received a Polish Ministry of Culture Scholarship, and gave his debut as a composer and a soloist at the age of 17 by performing his composition “Adagio & Scherzo” for flute and orchestra with the Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra in Katowice/Poland.
Michal has been Principal Flautist with the Opole Philharmonic Orchestra in Poland and a member of Esprit Flute Trio. In Australia, he has been performing as guest flautist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Art Orchestra, Queensland Pops Orchestra and Camerata of St John’s. He has been a regular guest flautist and composer at the Australian Flute Festival in Canberra, Adelaide and Sydney. He is currently member of Resonance Ensemble.
Since 2011 Michal has been an Associate Artist with the Australian Music Centre: http://www.australianmusiccentre.com.au/artist/rosiak-michal. His music has been performed in Poland, Germany, Great Britain, Switzerland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Russia, United States, New Zealand and Australia and has been broadcast by ABC Classic FM. In 2014 Michal released his debut CD “Angry Tunes”. He was an Artist-in-Residence at the Banff Centre in Canada (2015) and at the Bundanon Trust NSW/Australia (2016). In 2016 he was a Co-Director of Unbound Flute Festival in Brisbane. Michal is currently a doctoral candidate at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University where he researches collaborative processes between composers and performers.
Neil Simpson is renowned as a versatile multi-instrumentalist, best known for his work on Accordion and Oboe. Since completing his Bachelor of Music through the University of Newcastle under Oboist Linda Walsh, Neil has spent the better part of the last decade performing and touring with various Orchestras, Operas, Musicals, Chamber Ensembles, Period Ensembles, World Music Groups, Theatre and Circus Troupes, where he also collaborates to create new original compositions.
In addition to his performance work, he is the current General Manager of Newcastle Improvised Music Association (NIMA), Works as a Theatre Technician and Teaches both Privately and at the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music. Neil currently resides in Sydney’s Inner West where he is establishing the musician collective Midnight Menagerie.
The Taimana Ensemble is a chamber music group based in Brisbane, Australia. Formed in 2016 with the intention to explore the chamber music repertoire, the group is committed to the discovery and performance of works written for flute, cello and piano, a combination often seen as obscure.
Following a successful 2016 Concert Series traversing repertoire from Weber to Kats-Chernin, the Taimana Ensemble returns in 2017 with further concerts exploring the repertoire for flute, cello and piano and more. Repertoire for this instrumentation is extensive and wonderfully varied, and the Taimana Ensemble aims to breathe new life and vigour into the genre. The Ensemble was invited to perform at the Crossbows Music Festival and the inaugural Unbound Flute Festival in 2016.
Virginia Taylor was the winner of The National Australian Flute Competition. This was followed shortly being awarded, 1st Prize in the ABC's 'Young Performer of the Year', winning outright in the overall category section.
Virginia has given recitals in all Capital cities of Australia, and performed as soloist with almost all of the Symphony Australia Orchestras, as well as having been guest Principal Flute for many of these Orchestras on numerous occasions.
Virginia equally enjoys playing chamber music with some of her long-standing friends and colleagues, including many performances at The Australian Festival of Chamber Music and concerts with The Australian String Quartet and The Goldner Quartet. Her collaboration with guitarist Timothy Kain has continued for more than 15 years, and together they have recorded 3 CDs for the Tall Poppies and ABC labels. Their CD entitled 'For Flute and Guitar' was listed as a best selling classical release.
Overseas concerts have taken Virginia to the USA, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, India and Saudi Arabia. She has appeared as Soloist with many orchestras in China including The Shanghai, Hang Zhou, Guangzhou and Xiamen Symphony Orchestras. Virginia was Principal Flute with Australia's leading Chamber Orchestra, The Australian Chamber Orchestra for over 10 years.
2011 sees Virginia return to Hong Kong and China performing and teaching at a number of Festivals. Virginia is guest lecturer and performer at many national and international flute events and festivals. In 2011, 2013 and 2015, as Associate Professor of Flute at the Australian National University, Virginia, the ANU and Flutes & Flutists hosted the Australian Flute Festival, a biennial event which attracts hundreds of national and international flute players and delegates.
The ANU flute class constitutes pre-tertiary, tertiary and postgraduate students. Many of the students from the ANU have gone on to hold major positions in orchestras both nationally and internationally. The flute class is recognised as a leader in the field of performance both nationally and internationally.
Brijette Tubb is an Australian flautist, holding a Bachelor of Music (Distinction) from the University of Southern Queensland, and both a Bachelor of Music (Honours) and Master of Music from the Queensland Conservatorium. She also holds both her AMusA and LMusA (Distinction) from the Australian Music Examinations Board. Brijette has been successful in many competitions (local, state and national) including winning the James Carson Memorial Flute Prize as a finalist in both the ABC's Young Performer Awards, and the Great Romantics Competition. Soloist highlights include performances as a featured artist at the 2015 Australian Flute Festival, the 2016 UNBOUND Flute Festival, and as a concerto soloist with a number of Queensland orchestras. Brijette has performed as Principal Flute and Piccolo in the Camerata of St John, and as Principal Flute in the Ipswich City Orchestra, Queensland Youth Symphony, AYO Alexander Orchestra, and the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. She is currently Principal Flute in the Queensland Philharmonia Orchestra and works as a flute specialist at Ambrose Treacy College as well as running a private teaching studio.
Sally Walker was Grand-finalist in the De Lorenzo International Flute Competition (Italy), won 2nd Prize in the Kuhlau International Flute Competition (Germany) and has toured and recorded with the Berlin Philharmonic. She is a former Principal Flute of the Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss and has performed as Guest Principal Flute with the City of Birmingham Orchestra, NDR Radio Philharmonie Hannover, Kammerakademie Potsdam, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.She has performed in Early Music ensembles Neues Bachiches Collegium Musicum, Das Neue Orchester Köln and Contemporary ensemble Halcyon. From 2003 – 2005 she played full-time with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the next year was appointed Lecturer of Flute at the University of Newcastle. She has given masterclasses in Argentina, Austria, Germany, Ireland and Sweden.In 2015, she premiered “Night and Now”, Elena Kats-Chernin’s Concerto for her, with the Darwin Symphony. She has three CDs with pianist Philip Mayers. She studied with Geoffrey Collins (Sydney), Andrea Lieberknecht (Hanover), András Adorján (Munich) and Baroque Flute with Hans-Dieter Michatz (Sydney).
Michael Webster is Professor of Music at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music and Artistic Director of the award-winning Houston Youth Symphony. Formerly principal clarinetist with the Rochester Philharmonic and the San Francisco Symphony, he has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the 92nd Street Y, the Tokyo, Cleveland, Muir, Ying, Enso, and Dover String Quartets, Da Camera, Context, Musiqa, and the festivals of Marlboro, Santa Fe, Chamber Music Northwest, Norfolk, Victoria, Stratford, Domaine Forget, Angel Fire, Steamboat, Park City, Sitka, Skaneateles, Bowdoin, and Orcas Island.
Webster has performed and taught all over the United States and in Canada, Central and South America, Europe, Japan, China, New Zealand, and Australia. He has recorded for Arabesque, Albany, Beauport, Bridge, Camerata, Centaur, C.R.I., Crystal, and Nami. As composer and arranger, Webster has been published by International, G. Schirmer, Schott, and Presser. On the editorial staff of The Clarinet magazine, he contributes a regular column entitled “Teaching Clarinet.”
Mark Xiao has often been described as a highly charismatic and energetic flautist and has performed in concert halls around the world. Mark is a guest member of the Tonhalle-Orchestra Zurich and has worked with several notable composers including Helmut Lachenmann, Beat Furrer, William Blank and Heinz Holliger as well as conductors such as David Zinman, Werner Ehrhardt, Kent Nagano, Lionel Bringuier and Nello Santi. As a soloist, Mark has given concerts with the Bach Collegium München and the Filharmonie Hradec Králové.
When Mark was 14, he was awarded a Licentiate Diploma with Distinction from the Australian Music and Examination Board, making him the youngest flautist in Australia to have received the honour. He has won numerous competitions and awards throughout Australia including the Leslie Barklamb Scholarships, the 3MBS Young Performer of the Year Award and the Geelong Advertiser Competition. In 2006, Mark was the winner of the Flute Competition at the inaugural Australian Flute Festival. Internationally, Mark has won prizes at the British Flute Society Competition and the August-Everding Music Competition in Munich, Germany.
In 2008, Mark completed his Bachelor of Music Performance degree at the Australian National University with Vernon Hill and Virginia Taylor. In the following year, Mark took part in a one-year intensive course with Trevor Wye. In 2010, Mark began his Master of Music Performance degree studying with Matthias Ziegler at the Zurich University of the Arts. After graduating in 2012, he was accepted into the Specialised Master of Music program for soloists which he completed in 2014. During his studies, Mark was also the assistant teacher to Professor Ziegler. In 2015, Mark entered into the class of Professor Andrea Lieberknecht at the Munich University of Music and Performing Arts.