Agatha Yim is a Melbourne-based professional flautist, filmmaker, and photographer.
Agatha completed a double bachelor degree in Music and Creative Arts in 2007 at the University of Melbourne, and later spent two years at the Australian National Academy of Music on a full scholarship for flute 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.
She has competed and toured internationally as a musician in Greece, UK, France and Spain. Whilst in London she was involved with Bloomsbury Opera and Opera Viscera, and made her Wigmore Hall debut in 2010 at the finals of the Australian Music Foundation Competition. Most recently she was invited to perform at the 2016 Salida Del Sol Festival.
When Agatha is not behind a camera as Polyphonic Pictures, she’s a freelance flautist and teacher, often playing as a casual musician with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Royal Australian Airforce Band, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, and as a sessional musician for commercial recordings and performances.
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. The Australian premiere of this project was presented by the Melbourne Fringe Festival in 2015.
As a filmmaker, Agatha 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 a humorous (and at times surreal) ode to the trials and tribulations of being a second generation Chinese-Australian.
Under the name Polyphonic Pictures, Agatha has created short films and photography for numerous of creative organisations such as Melbourne Chamber Orchestra (Polyphonic Pictures is the official Film and Photography partner of MCO), Melbourne Recital Centre, Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, Hamer Quartet, Kiazma Piano Duo, and numerous artists and groups from London, Europe, and Australia. For more information on her photography and film work please visit: polyphonicpictures.com