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 recently completed her Bachelor of Music under the guidance of renowned player and pedagogue Virginia Taylor, with whom she will continue to study as she commences at 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 been featured in CutCommon magazine’s second inaugural print edition. Recently, Anemoi Wind Quintet travelled to Townsville as participants in the Australian Festival of Chamber Music’s Advanced Winterschool program, and were named the winners of the Ensemble Q Queensland International Chamber Music Competition Wind Quintetprize.
As a soloist, Lily has performed a concerto with Canberra Youth Orchestra, and earlier this year was named as a semi-finalist in the Australian Flute Festival Open Flute Competition. Also a keen orchestral player, Lily has appeared regularly as Principal Flute with the Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, and in 2019 enjoyed performances with Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Pops Orchestra, and the Ensemble Q. In 2020, she looks forward to joining the Australian Youth Orchestra on their Winter Season.
When not practising, Lily loves to write, and can be found online as a regular contributor to CutCommon magazine.
Photo by Pia Johnson