Tonié has an innovative and progressive approach to performing and hir current focus is mixing classical music genres and styles into queer settings that combine theatre, visual drama, movement and fashion. Gender diversity is a particular point of departure for many of Tonié’s projects.
Feminism, gender diversity, trans(gender) and sexuality are also central tenets of Tonié’s performing and research outputs.
The Matters of the Body Research Cluster (at the Faculty of the Victorian College of Fine Arts and Music) of which Tonié is hirself a member, is an 'activist’ group of artists and researchers. Tonié is also a strong advocate for the Alexander Technique and this greatly informs hir teaching and every day life. Tonié also has a particular love for fashion design and creations are regularly modeled by hir at performances.
Tonié is an established performer in Australia and is a leading performer on the guitar. Tonié received hir training at the Canberra School of Music with Tim Kain and graduated with 1st Class Honours as ‘Most Outstanding Graduate’ for the Class of 1995. Tonié achieved many accolades including several first prizes in school-wide chamber music competitions and winning 2nd prize twice at the Darwin International Guitar Competition in 1993 and 1995. Sie is a recipient of a Big Brother award which sie used to study in the UK, Tonié has received tuition and/or master classses from many key figures in the guitar world including: Leo Brouwer, John Williams, Manuel Barrueco, Carlo Barone, Stepan Rak and others.
In 1996, Tonié's debut CD 'Sunburst - Music of the Americas' was recorded for Walsingham Classics and nominated for an ARIA in 1997. It was released internationally through Tower Records and has regularly been broadcast on ABC Classic FM since. Tonié