After studying in three capital cities in Australia, Maddilyn moved to Belgium where she freelanced, advanced her music research, enjoyed exploring the musical culture outside of Australia and broadened her perspective on life as an artist. Most significantly, Antwerp provided the opportunity to study the piccolo on an intensive level. Studying with world-renowned piccoloist Peter Verhoyen saw her rise to success as a piccolo player; her accomplishments include winning a semifinalist prize in the Piccolo Artist Competition at the National Flute Association's San Diego Convention, being one of six global instrumentalists to be selected to compete. Maddilyn continues to develop herself as a specialised piccolo performer and educator, being particularly passionate about providing piccolo tuition to flute players in Australia. Learn more about Maddilyn's philosophy as a teacher and what she offers in her flute and piccolo lessons.
Since 2015 Maddilyn has been developing a new concert series, A Sunburnt Country, a project which celebrates Australian culture and explores the concept of identity in artistic influence. Maddilyn commissioned three Australian composers to write new works for flute for the series premiere - two chamber works (William Barton and Samantha Wolf) and a flute concerto (Michael Bakrnchev). In May 2017 the world premiere took place in Antwerp, with Maddilyn performing alongside William Barton and her international colleagues. The concept will head to Australia in 2018 for its premiere on home soil, before new artists are welcomed to the second instalment of the series. Some of the work can be seen on Maddilyn's YouTube channel or on the media page.
Awards and Qualifications
2012 - Bachelor of Music in Performance - Gerhard Mallon - Queensland Conservatorium
2013 - Postgraduate Diploma of Professional Music Practice - Lloyd Hudson - Hobart Conservatorium
2014 - 1 semester of Master of Music (flute) - Emma Sholl - Sydney Conservatorium
2014 - PPCA Performer's Trust - Full Grant
2015 - Ian Potter Cultural Trust - Full Grant
2016 - Master of Music (flute) - Aldo Baerten - Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp
2016 - Semifinalist - Piccolo Artist Competition - NFA, San Diego
2017 - Master of Music (piccolo) - Peter Verhoyen - Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp
Gudrun Hinze, Patricia Morris, Emily Beynon, Peter Verhoyen, Anne-Cathérine Heinzmann, Philippe Benoit, Robert Winn, Davide Formisano, William Bennett, Mindy Kaufman, Jean-Claude Gerard, Peter-Lukas Graf, Denis Bouriakov, Wally Hase, Emma Sholl
- An Educated Guess: The Employment of Historically-Informed Performance Practices on the Modern Piccolo in Antonio Vivaldi's Flautino Concerto in C Major RV 443 (2017) summa cum laude
- A Sunburnt Country: An Exploration of Australian Culture, History and Identity through Australian Arts (2017) summa cum laude