“The point of difference between ANAM and other training institutions is that at ANAM, our visiting artists – all musical titans – not only instruct our musicians, they share the stage with them as colleagues. It’s an amazing opportunity and the results are extraordinary. You just have to set foot in the building to feel the energy and excitement.”
– Nick Deutsch, ANAM Artistic Director
The Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) is dedicated to training the most exceptional young classical musicians from Australia and New Zealand. It is the only professional performance training institute of its kind in Australia, and one of few in the world.
ANAM musicians fly between the stage and the studio; performing in over 180 events each year and receiving more than 60 hours of one-on-one training and hundreds of hours of coaching from an esteemed Faculty and impressive list of national and international guest artists. From taking meditation classes, singing Bach chorales, laying down a concerto, or building a buzz around their forthcoming gig, to learning how to work a scale, work a fugue, work a room, or work towards securing a vibrant future for classical music. They find themselves sitting cross-legged on the floor with a class of local third graders one day, to performing with the world’s finest artists on stages all across the country the next.
With an outstanding track record of success, ANAM alumni work in orchestras and chamber ensembles around the world, performing as soloists, contributing to educating the next generation of musicians, and winning major national and international awards.
ANAM aims to inspire these future music leaders and encourages audiences to share the experience.
ANAM respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and live.
1. To be a national institution, celebrated for the achievements of our musicians and alumni, and regarded as one of the world’s premiere classical music performance-training institutions.
2. To maintain a focus on training through performance, enabling young musicians to discover and strengthen their musical voice.
3. To be distinguished by the expertise of our Faculty, the quality and intensity of our training and our innovative public performance program.
4. To continue to nourish the precious relationship between performer and listener, audience and community.
5. To secure the vibrancy of Australia’s music culture by drawing in the finest young musicians, and sending out into the world polished artists with musical expertise, wisdom and determination.
ANAM aspires to be the place in which exceptional young classical musicians may fulfil their potential as music leaders, distinguished by their skill, imagination and courage, and by their determined contribution to a vibrant Australian music culture.
ANAM believes that:
- The act of performance is by definition an inclusive and interactive one, with composers, performers and listeners being essential to the creation of the live experience;
- The quality of our relationships with all our stakeholders is founded on the quality of those with our neighbours: we act ‘locally’ as we think ‘globally’;
- All partners – students, faculty and guest artists, audiences and community, funders, supporters, administration staff and directors – are collectively engaged in the shared responsibility of training our musicians.
Ours is unapologetically an inspirational activity.
The music sector in Australia is undeniably confronted by a range of significant structural and artistic challenges. It will require committed and inspired leadership from all members of our communities to shape the musicians who will envision and drive the creation of a future vibrant and resilient Australian music culture.
We strive for informed guidance and direction from and toward each other, nurturing of and by, and consequent growth in all people at ANAM; no one has all the answers, nor knows all the questions.
At this time of relentless noise and clamour – shaped by impoverishing soundbites and tweets – the responsibility with which we are entrusted is a critically important one. Musicians of skill, determination and courage are required by the country’s rich and diverse communities, now more than at any time in our recent history.
OUR COMMITMENT TO THE SAFETY OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
ANAM is committed to being a safe and supportive place for all children and young people who visit, or are involved in our programs. This commitment is shared throughout our organisation, and applies to our Board, staff, faculty, contractors and volunteers. We are committed to the safety, participation and empowerment of all children.
The Australian Government funds the eight national elite training organisations in the performing arts, which support Australia's thriving creative economy. The organisations' training programs promote artistic and cultural excellence. Together with the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, these organisations comprise ARTS8: the Australian Roundtable for Arts Training Excellence.
- Australian Ballet School >>
- Australia Film Television and Radio School >>
- Australian National Academy of Music >>
- Australian Youth Orchestra >>
- Flying Fruit Fly Circus >>
- NAISDA Dance College >>
- National Institute of Circus Arts >>
- National Institute of Dramatic Art >>
“I was vastly impressed by the structure, vision and innovation that is taking place at ANAM... I wish that as a student, I could have experienced the opportunities for growth and learning that the ANAM musicians have at their fingertips.”
— NOAH BENDIX-BAGLEY, FIRST CONCERTMASTER, BERLINER PHILHARMONIKER
"I truly love coming to Oz – my favourite destination. I’m always made welcome here by the orchestras, and the work that is being done at ANAM to train the next generation of musicians to become enquiring, positive and brilliant musicians, is an inspiration.”
— DOUGLAS BOYD, CONDUCTOR
“One of the most enjoyable and fulfilling weeks of music-making I can remember... A gloriously virtuosic Beethoven 4 followed by a moving and amazingly mature Bruckner 4. Their dedication during the rehearsals and utter commitment and passion in the concert was absolutely inspiring. I am full of admiration.”
— NICHOLAS CARTER, PRINCIPAL CONDUCTOR, ADELAIDE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (2016-2019) and CHIEF CONDUCTOR, STADTTHEATER KLAGENFURT
“There is a palpable air of excitement as soon as you step through the doors of ANAM: the place fizzes with creative intensity, and is a stellar example of how to create a challenging, inspirational program of serios yet free-spirited advanced study.”
— ANTHONY MARWOOD, VIOLINIST and CONDUCTOR
“I can’t think of any other institution where the obsession is just music like this… life-changing: it’s an extraordinary institution.”
— RICHARD TOGNETTI, ARTISITC DIRECTOR and LEAD VIOLIN, AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
"ANAM is an extraordinary institution: intense, demanding, challenging and immensely rewarding to be involved with. The musicians are totally engaged and committed."
— SIMONE YOUNG AM, CONDUCTOR