Canberra flautist Lily Bryant initially chose to learn the flute in order to sit next to her friends in the school band, but soon developed a love for the instrument. After undertaking pre-tertiary undergraduate studies at the Australian National University, she migrated to sunny Brisbane to study at Queensland Conservatorium, where she completed her Bachelor of Music under the guidance of renowned player and pedagogue Virginia Taylor, with whom she has continued to train since commencing at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in 2020.
As co-founder of the Brisbane chamber ensemble Anemoi Wind Quintet, Lily has premiered the works of numerous local composers, appeared as a guest artist on the Channel 9 show Brainbuzz, and featured in CutCommon magazine’s second print edition. Recently, Anemoi Wind Quintet travelled to Townsville as participants in the Australian Festival of Chamber Music’s Advanced Winter School program, and were named the winners of the Ensemble Q Queensland International Chamber Music Competition Wind Quintet Prize.
As a soloist, Lily has performed a concerto with Canberra Youth Orchestra, and in 2019 was named as a semi-finalist in the Australian Flute Festival Open Flute Competition. At the end of 2020, she was awarded the prize for Best Performance of an Australian Work in the ANAM Concerto Project. Also a keen orchestral player, Lily has been featured with orchestras including Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Pops Orchestra, Ensemble Q, and the Australian Youth Orchestra, as well as being a casual player for Canberra Symphony Orchestra.
When not practising, Lily loves to write, and can be found online as a regular contributor to CutCommon magazine.
Musician Beneficiary Support generously provided by the Simon Lee Foundation and ANAMsyndicate - Elaine Canty AM & Roy Masters AM, David Penington AC & Sonay Hussein, Mick and Margaret Toller, Anonymous (1)
Photo by Pia Johnson