Australian flautist Agatha Yim completed a double bachelor degree in Music and Creative Arts in 2007 at the University of Melbourne, then spent two years at the Australian National Academy of Music on a full scholarship under the guidance of Margaret Crawford. In 2010, she received generous support from the Ian Potter Cultural Trust and the Tait Memorial Trust to pursue a Masters of Music in Performance at the Royal Academy of Music in London, studying with Michael Cox. She passed with Distinction, and currently works as a freelance musician in Australia, most notably as a casual musician with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, the Royal Australian Airforce Band, and as a sessional musician for commercial recordings and performances. Agatha is a founding member of the Round Window Ensemble with cellist Michael Dahlenburg, and pianist Leigh Harrold, and is a sought after music teacher in Melbourne where she is primarily based.
Agatha has been interviewed and broadcasted by Australian radio station 3MBS-FM for the ‘Live at the Convent Series’ and ‘School Bytes’ Program, and her recorded live performances of Vivaldi’s ‘La Notte’ G minor concerto with the Eureka! Music Project orchestra, and the Mozart Flute Quartets continue to receive frequent airplay to this day. She made her Wigmore Hall debut in 2010 at the finals of the Australian Music Foundation Competition; reached 2nd round of the 1st Mediterranean Flute Competition held in Greece in 2009; in 2007, won First Prize at the Victorian Flute Guild’s Leslie Barklamb Scholarship (25 years and under), and the Dandenong Festival of Music Outstanding Flute Player Award; and was granted a bursary to attend the 2007 International Scottish Flute Summer School.
Along with fellow musicians Mary Sheargold and Dr. Peter Tregear, Agatha was one of the founding members of the Eureka! Music Project, an Australian group that sought to create interesting classical music opportunities for young up-and-coming musicians, and connecting them with audiences of a wider and more youthful demographic. The group presented the Australian Premiere of CPE Bach’s St Matthew Passion, and a concert project titled, ‘The Vivaldi Sandwich’, where she made her concerto debut, performing Vivaldi’s ‘La Notte’ G minor Concerto. In London, she performed regularly with the Bloomsbury Opera, and Opera Viscera. She was involved with Sinfonia d’Amici, and in 2012 went on a musical tour of France with Claire Cambridge Choir Music Society for Haydn’s ‘Creation’.
In 2012, Agatha combined her unique skills and passion for film and music, by presenting a sonic cross-platform project titled ‘Speaking In Tones’ in which she wrote, composed, performed, produced, and directed. The project explored the potentials of meaning in music using drama, music for flute, electronics, and sound design. Its highly-received premiere at Everyman Screen on the Green Cinema led to its acceptance as part of the 2012 Bloomsbury Festival in London.
Agatha is an award-winning filmmaker and founder of Polyphonic Pictures. Her first foray into directing was through a short film titled, ‘I Am Art’ (2003), a mockumentary on a performance artist who impersonated inanimate objects. She has been involved as an actor, director, writer, editor, and artistic director in numerous other short films such as Dedicated to You (2005), The Traveller (2006), and Birth (2006). She won OPEN CHANNEL’s ‘2008 Short and Sharp Competition’, which resulted in the World Premiere of her short film at the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival in Melbourne, and Canadian Premiere at the Regent Park Film Festival in Toronto in 2009. The film, titled ‘When I Grow Up I Want to Be White‘, was an ode to the trials and tribulations of being a second generation Chinese-Australian. Through this film, she had the opportunity to work with distinguished industry professionals such as Golden Logie-Award Winner John Wood; Troy Lee-Brown who was a Camera Assistant for the hit Australian TV series The Secret Life of Us, and American features- Charlotte’s Web (2005) and Ghost Rider (2005); theatre and TV actress Miles Paras who was a regular on City Homicide; and Australian actor and director of Crushed (2008), Ian Dixon. In October 2008, Agatha presented her pitch idea as the Victorian Representative at the Screen Development Australia (SDA) Pitch event as part of SPAA Fringe in Sydney. Her pitch was enthusiastically received and garnered interest from numerous producers and network executives.
An accomplished freelance photographer and visual artist, Agatha’s works are often characterised by their wit, dynamism, and creative flair. Her cartoons may be found at Hairy Ag, and commissioned photography pieces here. Agatha specialises in artistic and candid photography for live events, editorials, and portraits; and has had work featured on Limelight Magazine Online.