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                                    THE LEADING
                                    SCHOOL FOR
                                    TODAY’S MUSIC

DR. ELIZABETH JONES – Artistic Director and Head of Classical Performance

After completing a Bachelor of Music degree at Sydney University in 1992, Elizabeth joined the
Advanced Postgraduate Course at the Royal Academy of Music in London where she studied
accordion with Professor Owen Murray until the end of 1995 and piano with Antoinetta Notariello
until the end of 1996. In 2008 Elizabeth was awarded her Doctor of Creative Arts at the
University of Western Sydney, for her portfolio on researching the pedagogical and performance
styles of the accordion.

Her concert performances have taken her to London, Hong Kong, China, New Zealand and
throughout Australia, where she has performed as guest artist and recitalist at major venues.
Elizabeth has collaborated with many composers based in Sydney to promote the accordion as a
concert instrument. The composers include Eric Gross, Margaret Brandman - Blake, Ko-Ting
Sung, Terumi Narashumi, and Andrew McBirnie (U.K.) Amongst her premieres are And The Sun
Danced On Easter Morn’ an intermezzo for accordion and organ, Tanghetto con Bandoneon for
accordion and mandolins and Concertino for accordion and orchestra all by Eric Gross. Concert
Fantasia for accordion and strings has also been a project between Elizabeth Jones and Eric
Gross. In 2004 Elizabeth perfomed with Oz Opera in their premiere of Midnite as part of the
Melbourne International Festival.

During 2005 she performed in the Australian premiere of Menschen am Sonntag with Ensemble
Offspring as part of the Sydney Film Festival. In 2006 she was guest artist with the Australia
Ensemble for the performance of Hindemith’s Kammermusik Nr.1. In 2009 Elizabeth performed
as principal guest artist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, premiered new works with
Chronology Arts and participated in the Melbourne International Arts Festival. In 2010 she
performed as principal artist with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

Elizabeth also has a strong interest in performing world music. In 2003 Elizabeth joined the trio
Tempo di Tango with violinist Maggie Ferguson and cellist John Napier. The trio then developed
into an orchestra tipica and performed regularly for the nationwide tango scene. In 2006
“Cambalache’ requested Elizabeth to join their quartet. They performed as part of the Café
Carnivale series and are artists with the Australian Jazz Agency. During 2006 she has also
collaborated with Stephen Lalor building a world music repertoire. In 2007 Elizabeth also joined
the tango group Feugo Lento a group that comprises of some of Sydney’s foremost session

HANS-DIETER MICHATZ – Early Music and Coordinator of Classical Performance

Hans-Dieter Michatz migrated to Australia in 1983 after obtaining Diplomas in Music Education in
Hannover, and the Solo Performance Diploma from the Royal Conservatorium, The Hague,
where he specialised on Baroque Flute under the guidance of Barthold Kuijken. In Australia, he
has appeared at the Barossa and Huntington Festivals, the Melbourne International Festival of
Organ and Harpsichord, for Musica Viva, and has conducted large scale Baroque Works, most
recently as assistant chorus master for Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. Hans-Dieter was a founding

member and Musical Director of the Melbourne Collegium Baroque Orchestra, and has appeared
with artists such as Walter van Hauwe, Michala Petri, Geoffrey Lancaster, Paul Dyer, and with
many of Australia’s foremost Early Music Ensembles.

Playing modern and baroque flute as well as recorder, he has performed and recorded with The
Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, The Sydney Chamber Choir, Sydney Philharmonia
Choirs, the ABC, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, as well as in Musica Viva Education
Project. Hans-Dieter Michatz has taught at the Universities of Melbourne, Western Australia,
Sydney, Newcastle, New England and Geelong, and also at the International Recorder Festivals
and the UWA’s International Baroque Summer School. He is also the editor of the very successful
Flute Books for the Australian Music Examinations Board. He returns to Europe annually, to
perform with the Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Ensemble from Hannover.

DR. DANIELLE EDEN - Flute/Piccolo and Coordinator of Woodwind

Danielle is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, the University of London and the Sydney
Conservatorium of Music and holds a doctorate, masters and performance degrees respectively.
She studied flute with Sebastian Bell and William Bennett and piccolo with Frank Nolan. In 2002,
she was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, presented to former students who
have achieved distinction in their field. Danielle has presented many lectures, masterclasses and
recitals including the first piccolo recital at London’s South Bank Centre. She has performed as a
soloist forQueen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey, which was subsequently broadcast on the
BBC World Service.

Recital appearances include the Berio Festival, London, with Berio present and as guest artist for
the Corsham Festival UK. While based in London (1987-1994) she frequently performed as
principal piccolo with the BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic and toured with
Glynbourne Opera and D’Oyly Carte Opera.

Returning to Australia in 1994, she has worked as a flautist with the Sydney Symphony and since
2000, regularly with the Australian Opera and Ballet orchestra.

Currently, she performs as part of the Orana Trio which has been broadcast on ABC radio. Her
performance of Three Pieces for Solo Flute by David Hush was recently acquired by the ABC for
national broadcast. Danielle is currently on staff at the Australian Institute of Music and the
University of Sydney.


Robert Harris viola, joined AIM staff in 2009, and served as Co-ordinator of Strings in the
Classical Performance division in early 2010 and continues to teach viola and violin, tutor
ensembles and contribute to the AIM concert series at St Andrew's Cathedral and
the Art Gallery of NSW. In addition Robert teaches at major schools in
Sydney - Barker, Kings, St Andrew's and Scots. After earlier studies and professional
performance as a violinist, Robert Harris studied viola with Richard Goldner and Charmian Gadd
at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, USA (culminating in 1972 viola 'debuts' as co-soloist with
Charmian Gadd in Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No.6 in Pittsburgh and Sydney), then in
postgraduate studies with Lorand Fenyves at the University of Toronto (1973-74). On his return to
Australia Robert served as a Guest Principal Viola for the then Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra
(now AOBO*) for the Australian Opera and Australian Ballet (1974) before six years as founder
violist of the New England Ensemble, string trio/piano quartet in residence at the University of
New England, Armidale, Australia (1975-80) serving university, town and regional communities
but also touring nationally for Musica Viva and arts councils, and internationally to Asia (for
Musica Viva/Dept Foreign Affairs), Europe and North America.

In later years Robert was a member and occasional Acting Principal of the Queensland
Symphony (1982-84), Principal Viola of the Queensland Theatre Orchestra (1984-87), of the
Melbourne Chamber Orchestra (1988 including the Adelaide Festival and Spoleto Festivals of
Melbourne, Charleston USA and Spoleto Italy), of the Australian Chamber Orchestra (1989-90),
Associate Principal Viola of the State Orchestra of Victoria (1991-94), Guest Principal Viola of the
Auckland Philharmonia in New Zealand and Bangkok Symphony in Thailand (both late 1990s),
declining with regret invitations to serve as Guest Principal/Associate Principal of the Melbourne
Symphony (at various times 1984 into the 1990s), the Queensland Symphony (from 1981 until as
recently as 2007), but currently serving as Principal Viola of the Canberra Symphony (since

A founder violist of Brisbane's Festival Quartet (1984-98) and frequent guest violist of
Melbourne's Ensemble I, Robert continues a growing recitals network through his Viola Plus
ensembles for the AIM series at St Andrews Cathedral and Art Gallery of NSW, in Canberra and
in regional centres of NSW. To continue a tradition of his invitations to/presentations at IVS
Congresses from Wellington (2001), Seattle (2002), Reykjavik (2005), Montreal (2006), Adelaide
(2007) and Capetown (2009). In June he performed lecture recitals in the USA (New York,
Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City and the International Viola Congress in Cincinnati); in September
conducted and tutored for the Upper Hunter Conservatorium's annual Orchestral vacation school
and in April 2011 performs concerts in Budapest, Prague, Salzburg and Vienna.


Wojciech Wisniewski was born in 1981 in Nowa Sól in Poland, where he started playing the piano
at the age of seven. He then studied with dr. Krystyna Wójcik in M. Karlowicz Highschool of Music
in Poznan. In 2004 he graduated from F. Chopin Academy of Music (Master of Art, Warsaw,
Poland), studying with prof. Bronislawa Kawalla, ad. Katarzyna Jankowska and ad. Edward

He obtained Bachelor of Music with First Class Honours (2007) at The Australian Institute of
Music studying with Phillip Shovk. At present he is a student of Natalia Sheludiakova, at the
Sydney Conservatorium of Music (DMA).

Wojciech Wisniewski has scored numerous successes at music competitions in Poland (Nowa
Sol, Second prize 1992; Konin, Distinction 1996; Plock, Third prize Plock; Szafarnia, Special prize
1998; Lodz, First prize 1998). He was selected out of 240 competitors to participate in 2008
Sydney International Piano Competition.

Since his arrival in Australia he performed widely around the country (Sydney, Melbourne,
Darwin, Cairns, Cooktown, Yungaburra, Canberra and many others). In February and May 2009
Wojciech performed recitals in New Zealand, invited by prof. Jack Richards.

On the 28th of June 2009 Wojciech performed F. Chopin Piano Concerto No 1 in e minor op.11
with Balmain Sinfonia.