AIM's Faculty comprises a wealth of experience from across music, entertainment, performing arts, and education who are passionate and committed to the vision and mission of AIM. AIMs Faculty ensures that students receive the best possible education through high calibre teaching staff, professional ever developing facilities, and seamless administration.

Michael Bartolomei

Position

Academic Lecturer

Campus

Sydney

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AIM - Australian Institute of Music

Michael Bartolomei

  • Position

    Academic Lecturer

  • Campus

    Sydney

Michael Bartolomei has had an extensive career as a pianist, composer, and arranger for the past forty three years, having worked professionally since he was seventeen.

 

In 1996 Michael composed both jazz songs and classical underscoring for The Sydney Theatre Company’s production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Critics described his work as “superb”.

In 1994 Michael produced and composed music with didgeridoo player Charlie McMahon for Gondwana’s C.D. Travelling, which has been widely sold throughout Australia, Japan and Europe.

In 1992 Michael composed the soundtrack for the documentary Dive Deep. In 1991 he contributed original music for the film Resistance. Michael also composed the music for the 1992, ‘94, and ‘95 Schwarzkopf Hair

Awards. He has also regularly composed and/or played for library production

music, and many television and radio commercials. (June 1997 - Michael’s solo piano playing is currently featured on a Nescafe and Qantas television advertisements)

 

For sixteen years Michael has worked with Kerrie Biddell as her musical director, arranger and accompanist. In 1996 Michael arranged and composed music for Kerrie’s latest C.D. The Singer.

Performing regularly together they have played throughout Australasia including, the Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, and Sydney Festivals, and the Auckland, York, Manly, Gold Coast, and Monsalvat Jazz Festivals.

In 1980 they recorded with her band Compared to What, Australia’s first digital album.

 

Michael has also worked in many small and large jazz ensembles with many of Australia’s finest jazz musicians including: Scott Tinkler quartet, Jullian Lee, John Hoffman big band, Dale Barlow, Emma Pask, Errol Buddell, Keith Stirling, Ralph Pyle Big band, Fabian Hevia’s Mano a Mano, Nichaud Fitzgibbon,

Freddie Grigson, Jane Irving trio, Karlie Bruce, Brendan Clarke trio, Christine Sullivan, David Jones, Craig Walters’ band, Nielsen Gough trio and The Sydney All Stars Big Band. He has also played with American trombonist Carl Fontana and trumpeter Chuck Findlay.

 

In 1981 he was awarded an Australian Arts Council International Fellowship Grant to study in New York with Dave Leibman, Hal Galper and Richie Beirach. In 1983 Michael was the winner of the

Jazz Action Society Composition Competition for his work Stepping Fourth. While studying at the Conservatorium of Music in Sydney, from 1976 to 1979, Don Burrows and George Golla recorded three of Michael’s compositions for their album Other Places Other Times, entitled after one of Michael’s pieces.

During his career Michael Bartolomei has also regularly worked with many Australian and International artists including; Renee Geyer, Debra Byrne (as M.D.), Buddy Greco, Tina Arena,

John Farnham, The Supremes (U.S.A.), Tommy Emmanuel, Monica Trapaga, Dan’elle Gaha, Jenny Morris, Normie Rowe (as M.D.), Fran Koyobe (Nigeria), John Williamson, David Atkins, James Morrison, and Julie Anthony.

    Danielle Maas

    Position

    Academic Lecturer

    Campus

    Sydney

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    AIM - Australian Institute of Music

    Danielle Maas

    • Position

      Academic Lecturer

    • Campus

      Sydney

    Danielle is a performance-maker and educator working across theatre, opera and musical theatre, with a passion for devising and collaborative creation. She has previously taught for NIDA and Sydney Theatre School, lecturing in acting, devising, industry practices, theatre history and theory, world cinema, and academic writing.

     

    Her qualifications include a Masters of Advanced Theatre Practice (Distinction) from the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, a Bachelor of Performance from the Australian Academy of Dramatic Art, and a Diploma of Theatre Performance from Sydney Theatre School. Danielle is also the recipient of a residency with the UK Live Art Development Agency/Create Dublin, and the Ian Potter Cultural Trust Award. She is a member of the Directors' Lab (Theatre Works/Melbourne Festival) and has taken part in Playwriting Australia’s Dramaturgy Program and Makers’ Space for CuriousWorks.

     

    As a professional practitioner, she has worked in various capacities for Sydney Theatre Company, City of Sydney, Sydney Festival, the Biennale of Sydney, Sydney Fringe Festival, Sydney Architecture Festival, Carriageworks, Hayes Theatre Company,  the Old Fitz, Old 505 Theatre, PACT, New Theatre, TAP Gallery, Tamarama Rock Surfers, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Camden People’s Theatre and Hampstead Garden Opera. Currently, Danielle is an Artistic Associate of Sydney Chamber Opera, where she has assisted directors Kip Williams (An Index of Metals & The Lighthouse), Adena Jacobs (The Howling Girls), Janice Muller (Biographica) and Sarah Giles (O Mensch!).

     

    Danielle is interested in the relationship between mindfulness and creativity, and the search for meaning and authenticity in live performance.

      Dr Wojciech Wisniewski

      Position

      Academic Lecturer

      Campus

      Sydney

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      AIM - Australian Institute of Music

      Dr Wojciech Wisniewski

      • Position

        Academic Lecturer

      • Campus

        Sydney

      Dr Wojciech Wisniewski is a pianist, pedagogue and author currently residing in Sydney, Australia. Born in Poland, Wojciech graduated from the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw (Poland) shortly before arriving in Australia in 2004. After completing his Bachelor of Music in 2007 (1st Class Honors) at the Australian Institute of Music, he received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Sydney Conservatorium of Music, being awarded the ‘Bessie Cook Piano Award’. In 2011 he received a diploma from the Polish Government Ministry of Culture, for ‘exemplary achievements in the field of popularising music of Frederic Chopin.’

      His teachers include Dr Krystyna Wojcik, Edward Wolanin, Bronislawa Kawalla, Dr Katarzyna Jankowska, Phillip Shovk and Natalia Sheludiakova. He has also participated in numerous masterclasses with such renowned artists as Andrzej Jasinski and Paul Lewis. After his arrival to Australia he performed as a soloist, chamber musician and with orchestra around the country and in New Zealand. In 2008 he was selected and performed at the Sydney International Piano Competition.

      My philosophy for teaching and learning excellence is to provide equal opportunities to all. This is demonstrated in my teaching and supervising roles by focusing on providing all students with the opportunity to achieve their maximum potential, to prepare them for careers as professional musicians. I focus on each student’s ability to deliver artistic expression in a professional public setting. I am innovative in my approach to teaching and learning, implementing the most recent academic findings into areas such as memorisation (using various types of memory, memory techniques, with particular attention to suit those techniques to individual students’ capabilities and talents), sight-reading (employing modern technology such as sight-reading with the audio of pre-recorded pieces, video recordings of performances), and using the most up-to-date approach to teaching techniques, with particular attention to students’ physical wellbeing (combining some of the research in physiology of a human body in the context of performance, some of the techniques leading to recovery of students who already experience issues with their technique).

      In 2016, Wojciech’s book “Defining National Piano Schools – Perceptions and challenges” was published by ‘WWBooks Sydney’ and is currently available through Amazon

        Novita Jap

        Position

        Academic Lecturer

        Campus

        Sydney

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        AIM - Australian Institute of Music

        Novita Jap

        • Position

          Academic Lecturer

        • Campus

          Sydney

        Novita was born in Surabaya (Indonesia), and commenced piano lessons at age 4. As a school student she won numerous prizes in local competitions including first prize at the French Piano Competition in 2005 (with Patrick Zygmanowski adjudicating), and was chosen to perform at Erasmus Huis (Dutch Embassy, Jakarta - Indonesia) in 2006.

        In 2007 at age 16, she won entry for tertiary study at Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore, to study under Frank DeMeglio. During this time she received an honourable mention award in the Ananda Sukarlan National Piano Competition, with Surkarlan himself on the jury. After concluding her studies in 2009 she relocated to Australia where she then completed Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at the Australian Institute of Music, studying under Irina Klamka and Zsuzsa Giczy. Her study at AIM was supported by scholarships for academic and performance excellence, and led to recitals and concerto soloist appearances in St. Andrew’s Cathedral and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

        She was first appointed to accompanying duties at AIM during her Masters degree, and has flourished and excelled this role to be awarded a permanent lectureship in accompaniment, collaborative piano and ensemble in 2017. Her knowledge of the repertoire is vast, and covers music for voice, winds, strings and the chamber music repertoire.

          Wendy Dixon

          Position

          Academic Lecturer

          Campus

          Sydney

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          AIM - Australian Institute of Music

          Wendy Dixon

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            Academic Lecturer

          • Campus

            Sydney

          Wendy began her musical life in Auckland, New Zealand as a pianist, a cellist and a singer. She played cello in orchestras at secondary and tertiary levels and worked as an accompanist from her teenage years on. Her first love was always singing, belonging to choirs and Musical Society’s until being accepted to Auckland University as a Vocal Major at the age of 16. Wendy was awarded the inaugural Pears-Britten Vocal Scholarship, won the Marie d’Albini Scholarship and began her professional career at the age of 18, singing Eve in Haydn’s Creation. Operatic roles followed with her operatic debut as Gretel in “Hansel and Gretel’ at age 20. During the next 11 years in New Zealand Wendy performed an average of 3 operas a year, numerous oratorios and concert engagements and national tours as a vocal recitalist. She also recorded extensively for the National Broadcaster, known then as NZBC.

          Following her move across the Tasman to Australia to take up contracts as Guest Artist Soprano Soloist with both Opera Australia and Victoria State Opera, Wendy rapidly settled into her new country, taking citizenship and immersing herself in the music scenes of opera, concert repertoire and recital repertoire. Wendy continued to perform in New Zealand as well as throughout Australia, while invitations to sing in Mexico, Singapore and Europe brought more opportunities to sing with world renowned conductors and orchestras.

          Performances of note include Strauss’ 'Four Last Songs', Verdi’s Requiem, Gorecki’s ‘Symphony of Sorrowful Songs’, Leonora in 'Fidelio' (Beethoven), Musetta and Mimi, the title roles of Tosca and Aida, Violetta in 'La Traviata’, Donna Elvira in 'Don Giovanni’, the Governess in Britten’s ‘Turn of the Screw’, Ellen Orford and Rosalinda in ‘Die Fledermaus’. Wendy has performed over 40 major operatic roles, all the major oratorios and concert repertoire as well as acquiring an extensive recital repertoire.

          As a founding member with David Miller (piano) of Grevillea Ensemble she maintains an active performing schedule, working with artists such as Diana Doherty (Principal Oboe, Sydney Symphony), Fiona Ziegler (Assistant Concertmaster, Sydney Symphony), James Kortum (Lecturer in Flute at Sydney Conservatorium, ex-Principal Flute Australia Opera and Ballet Orchestra), Marina Marsden (Principal Second Violin, Sydney Symphony), Alexandre Oguey (Principal Cor Anglais, Sydney Symphony) Scott Kinmont (Associate Principal Trombone, Sydney Symphony) and Glenn Winslade (international operatic tenor).

          With this wide range of musical experiences Wendy has kept alive her joy in performing and in creating music with like-minded artists. She also regards herself as exceeding lucky in have close collaborations with many New Zealand and Australian composers, commissioning contemporary works, of which most have been recorded. This love of contemporary music has led to 10 CDs of Australian Art Songs, 3 pedagogically based teaching books on Australian Art Songs, a Masters in Music (Music Education) at Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney (2007) on "Selection procedures relating to Australian vocal repertoire for mid- adolescent HSC performers”, presentations at conferences in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Perth and an almost completed Doctorate of Music exploring the collaboration between composer and performer in the creation of contemporary Australian Art Song. www.australiancomposers.com.au

          Wendy’s passion for singing has broadened into a passion for sharing singing through the art of teaching. Since 2000 she has made a career as a teacher of singing, an adjudicator, a vocal coach, an examiner and a curator of programs for singers offering performance opportunities for singers of a wide range of expertise. Voice trek for adult beginners, Lets Make An Opera for primary to secondary school children, Sydney Art Song Society for mature age amateur singers and tertiary students, Language for Singers for all ages and levels of expertise, and Opera BootCamp and OperaLab for secondary through to tertiary-level singers.

          Many of Wendy’s students are working professionally in the divergent fields of pop, cabaret, indie pop, music theatre, chamber ensembles and opera; appearing in Australia, UK, USA, Italy, Germany and France. Several singers are also composers and arrangers, writing and performing their own material. Wendy has always felt that part of her job as a teacher is to introduce her students to as many composers and styles as is possible and she is proud of the eclectic tastes and styles of these gifted artists. Their visits to Australia are accompanied by much coffee (yes, Wendy is a coffee snob) and laughter.

            Wen Zhu

            Position

            Academic Lecturer

            Campus

            Sydney

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            AIM - Australian Institute of Music

            Wen Zhu

            • Position

              Academic Lecturer

            • Campus

              Sydney

            Australian violinist Wen Zhu was born in China and began learning violin at age five. In 1996, she was awarded a full scholarship to study at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. This Conservatory is the most prestigious in China and boasts a very high standard.

            She has been a prize-winner in many International violin competitions. Since moving to Australia in 2002, she has studied at the Australian Institute of Music, where she was awarded Bachelor of Music Degree First Class Honours. She followed this with a Master of Music under Charmian Gadd, as a full scholarship holder at the Australian Institute of Music. She received the highest scholarship to study at the Tasmania Conservatory of Music for a PhD in Music. In 2010, she studied for her second Master of Music at Sydney Conservatorium of Music as a full scholarship holder under Professor Alice Waten.

            Wen Zhu has appeared in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Sunday Live series, performing as a recitalist as well as in duo and trio combinations with the members of the Australian Institute of Music Ensemble. She has recorded for ABC FM and 2MBS FM radio stations in live-performance broadcasts as well as studio recorded recitals.

            Wen has more than 25 years experience in music performance and teaching and many of her students have won violin competitions in eisteddfods, music scholarships in schools, including Sydney Conservatorium of High School, St Andrew's Cathedral School, Sydney Grammar School and achieved highly in HSC and AMEB examinations. She has conducted a large number of ensembles including the Australian Institute String Ensemble and the South Sydney Chamber Orchestra. Her violin students have often been chosen to perform in Opera House HSC “Encore” program. She is the senior violin teacher and String Coordinator of the Australian Institute of Music.

            In November 2016 Wojciech Wisniewski and Zhu Wen performed a piano and violin recital at the Australian Institute of Music.

            In January 2017 she was invited to the Qingyuan International Music Festival in China where she was on the panel for the International Violin Competition during the festival.