Since winning the XIV Chopin International Piano Competition at the age of 18, Yundi Li has been propelled to international stardom, performing in some of the most prestigious concert halls around the world to critical acclaim. 

On the 5th and 6th of November Yundi performed at the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall along with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra which included Classical Program Leader Michael Bardon (Principal Cello), performing both Concertos One and Two by Frederic Chopin, with Yundi swapping between the roles of both conductor and soloist during different parts of the performance. 

Yundi 13.jpg

AIM Classical Program Leader Michael Bardon features as Principal Cello

As a school student Michael Bardon studied cello, oboe and clarinet performing as a member of the Pacific School Games Symphony, NSW Public Schools Symphony and the Sydney Olympic Marching Band. 

Accelerated into university at age 17 he holds degrees from the Musikhochschule Luebeck (Germany), Johannes Gutenberg Universitaet Mainz (Germany), University of Newcastle (Australia) and professional orchestral training as an academy graduate of the Essen Philharmonic Orchestra (Germany).

His principal teachers include Professors Diethelm Jonas, Nick Deutsch and Anthea Scott-Mitchell, and he has received master class and chamber music instruction from international artists including Professors Sabine Meyer, Christiane Edinger, Stefan Schilli, Angela Firkins, Jaques Tys, Jochen Muller-Brinken, Markus Möllenbek and Thomas Brandis.

Yundi 22.jpg

Michael has been a member of the Essen Philharmonic Orchestra Academy, Neues Kammerorchester Bamberg (now Orchester M18), the wind quintet ‘Pentaphonie’, Sydney Symphony Sinfonia and has performed with orchestras including Oper Frankfurt, Sinfonietta Baltica, Neue Philharmonie Hamburg, Mainzer Kammerorchester and the Sydney Philharmonia Orchestra. He is a recipient of many awards including a prestigious German DAAD prize, a scholarship from the north German Possehl Foundation and a Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now scholarship.

After basing himself in Germany for almost 7 years he returned to Australia in 2011 having performed as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician in countries including Germany, France, Italy, Denmark, Poland, Israel, Korea and Sweden.

An initial teaching position in Hamburg has led to further appointments at Newington College, the University of Newcastle Conservatorium and the Australian Institute of Music where he was appointed Classical Department Program Leader in 2017.


Learn more about AIM's Classical Department!