Phoebe Bognár is a Kent/Brisbane-based flutist, composer and improviser. Her approach to music is sewn with vibrancy and diversity, and explores a range of repertoire, ranging from solo, chamber and orchestral in genres of classical, jazz, contemporary, Klezmer, Javanese Gamelan to experimental works and free-improvisation.
Phoebe currently studies with the renowned flutist, author and pedagogue Trevor Wye at the ‘Flute Studio’ in the United Kingdom. She has received generous support from the Australia Council for the Arts Development Grant for Individuals and Groups and The David Cubbin Memorial Fund for her studies abroad.
Phoebe has been a featured artist in concerts, festivals and exhibitions notably Upper Partialism, New Sounds Brisbane, the Tyalgum Music Festival, Unbound Flute Festival and Mirroring Minjerribah. In July, Phoebe was invited as a performance fellow for the Nief-Norf Summer Music Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee. In addition to receiving faculty tuition and workshops from world class faculty, she performed across festival concerts featuring chamber and solo works of contemporary music.
She has performed and worked alongside several established artists including Tim Munro, Anne LeBaron, Simone de Haan and Erkki Veltheim and ensembles including as Ecosono, Clocked Out Duo and Cadenza Chamber Players. She has been part of several chamber ensembles including Electrickery and the Strážná Věž Trio which received an honourable mention in the 2017 4MBS Chamber Prize. In addition to her solo and chamber performances, Phoebe also delights in orchestral projects, notably playing flute and piccolo in Opera Queensland’s 2017 production of ‘The Merry Widow’ by Franz Lehár as part of the Queensland Music Festival. She has also performed in major venues including Sydney Town Hall, Saint Mary’s Cathedral Sydney, The Concourse, Jugglers Art Space, Brisbane Jazz Club and the Old Museum Building in Brisbane.
In 2018, Phoebe completed her Bachelor of Music in flute performance at Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University under the tutelage of Virginia Taylor.
She has also had the privilege of playing for renowned flutists in private lessons and masterclasses around the world including Michael Cox (BBC Symphony Orchestra Principal Flute Player, England), Thies Roorda (Flute Professor of the Royal Conservatoire, Netherlands), Rachel Brown (exponent of historical flutes, England), Gary Shocker (Flutist & Composer, New York), Robert Dick (Flutist, Composer, Innovator and Author; New York), Lisa Cella (Artistic Director of San Diego New Music; Baltimore), Laura Chislett (Flutist, Australia), Rosamund Plummer (Sydney Symphony Principal Piccolo player, Australia) and Vernon Hill (Flutist and author; Australia).
As a composer, Phoebe experiments with traditional notation, graphic scores, site-specific composition and installations. Her works has been played by musicians in various venues including the Queensland Conservatorium New Music Ensemble, Norf-Space (Tennessee), and in the Mirroring Minjerribah exhibition (Brisbane). She holds a passion for expanding musical horizons through performing new works and supporting emerging Australian composers. She has performed several world-premiers to date, including works by Gerard Brophy, Catherine Likhuta, Julian Day and Jasmin Leung.
In addition to her activities as an artist, Phoebe is an activist, endeavouring to include art as a vehicle for activism. She is also the founder and artistic director of Women of Noise (WoN), formerly known as ‘Noisy Women’ in 2018, a concert celebrating international Women’s Day that was hugely successful. WoN aims to provide a platform for the diverse and prolific work of women composers, performers and collaborators. Phoebe also is a passionate climate activist and has been part of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC) since 2013. In 2017, she coordinated an immersive art installation outside Queensland Parliament with the AYCC. She is also the founder of Musicians Against Climate Modulation, a collective of musicians who endeavour to use the positive influence of music as activism against climate change.