Diana Tolmie has led an exciting life as a freelance woodwind specialist exploring a multitude of genres, performing in countless interstate and international tours, plus live radio and television broadcasts. Appearing with many Australian professional orchestras and the acclaimed Malaysian Philharmonic, Diana has additionally explored chamber music with her nationally recognised group Collusion, which continues to commission, record and perform Australian new music and dance collaboratives.
A recipient of the Churchill Fellowship Award and the Queen Elizabeth Trust Scholarship to explore clarinet and bass clarinet pedagogy with world-class musicians, more recently Arts Queensland and Australia Council for the Arts funding has contributed to her saxophone activities. This included her featured solo with the Mulhouse Symphony Orchestra in the 2015 XVII World Saxophone Congress; and the commissioning and recording of new Australian works for the Queensland Conservatorium Saxophone Orchestra.
In addition to completing a PhD in 2017, Diana is full time Lecturer, Professional Practice at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University passionately teaching performance, pedagogy, musicians’ health and vocational preparation. Her teaching excellence has been recognised and awarded an AEL Group Learning & Teaching Citation (2014), and a Highly Commended in the “Employability within the Curriculum” category of the Griffith University Awards for Excellence in Teaching (2016).
Currently endorsed by D’Addario Woodwind, Diana is looking forward to releasing the CD Fuzzy Notes with talented jazz pianist Sophie Min recorded in December, 2017.