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.

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

      • Position

        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.

          Jeremy Sawkins

          Position

          Academic Lecturer

          Campus

          Sydney

          Staff profile AIM - Australian Institute of Music
          AIM - Australian Institute of Music

          Jeremy Sawkins

          • Position

            Academic Lecturer

          • Campus

            Sydney

          Sydney-based guitarist Jeremy Sawkins has been an active member of the Australian music community since the late 1970’s. As well as being a composer/bandleader, Jeremy has shared the stage and recording studios with many notable musicians. Having performed all around Australia, he has also performed in Europe and Asia.

           

          Jeremy has also been involved in many areas of music education since he began teaching in 1979. He has been lecturing at AIM since the Contemporary Music course began in 1992.

           

          Some of Jeremy’s earliest jazz performances were with the renowned  saxophonists David Ades (late) and Dale Barlow as well as the respected expatriate guitarist Peter O’Mara (Germany). He has also had long musical associations with saxophonists Spike Mason and Sandy Evans.

           

          After graduating from the N.S.W. Conservatorium of Music in 1984 (with an Associate Diploma of Jazz Studies), Jeremy joined his former teacher, Dr Roger Frampton (late) in the band ‘Intersection’. The band performed in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. They recorded one album, independently released by Frampton - ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’ (1986).

           

          Since then Jeremy has led many of his own groups, his current being ‘Jazz Organism’ and the ‘Jeremy Sawkins Trio’. These groups have had many performance opportunities in Sydney (and Ireland) since 2003.

           

          Jeremy has had a long musical association with expatriate Australian Jazz singer Kristen Cornwell (who now resides in Belgium).

           

          He has performed with Jackie Orszacsky, Tina Harrod, Tom Burlinson, Grace Knight, Darren Percival, Nicky Crayson, Lily Dior, Virna Sanzone, Trish Delaney-Brown, Katie Noonan, Kate Miller-Heidtke, Wendy Matthews, Alister Spence, Matt McMahon, Lloyd Swanton, Craig Scott, Bernie McGann, Jim Kelly, James Muller, Paul McNamara, Phil Wilson (U.S.A.) James and John Morrison, John Foreman, Don Burrows, Monica Trapaga, Ronan Guilfoyle (Ireland), Dominic Miller and Ira Coleman (both from Sting’s band) and Steve Hunter to name but a few.

            Glen Phimister

            Position

            Academic Lecturer

            Campus

            Sydney

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            AIM - Australian Institute of Music

            Glen Phimister

            • Position

              Academic Lecturer

            • Campus

              Sydney

            Glen Phimister started out in the recording industry at Trident Studios in London in the early 70’s. Trident was recognised for, and Glen was privilaged to observe, productions at that time including Queen, Elton John, David Bowie, and Harry Neilson.

            In the mid 70’s Glen joined AIR Studios London, which was owned by legendary Beatles producer George Martin. Glen further extended his training under George and many other producers, engineers, and artists at AIR.

            Glen then joined EMI Studios 301 in Sydney in the late 70’s as a staff engineer, and became involved with the resurgence of pop music in Australia from that time. Whilst at 301 for some 14 years Glen worked with many formulative and successful artists including INXS, Slim Dusty, Split Enz, Duran Duran, Richard Clapton, John Farnham, Wendy Mathews, Dragon, and Cheetah.

            The early 90’s began a period of freelance engineering based in Sydney, which included recordings such as Sydney Olympics 2000, Slim Dusty’s 100th album, ARIA winning Jazz Police, Olivia Newton-John, IOTA, Prague Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Home and Away, and many live/location, and ABC recordings.

            Glen has been a qualified professional audio educator for several years now, and strives to share his knowledge and experience with students at AIM.