profile icon

Tonie Field

Lecturer In Music (Guitar)
Melbourne Conservatorium Of Music
Guitar Performance
gender violence multi-diciplinary arts performance violence against women community arts socialo change acvtivism
gender diversity classical music guitar
gender subversion performance
multi-disciplinary performance
musical instrumental performance art
non binary
guitar performance
Tonie Field's Profile Picture

Tonie Field

Fine Arts And Music
Primary Interest
Music Performance
Tonie Field's Profile Picture

Tonie Field


Image by 'World of Claude' Tonié has an innovative and progressive approach to performing and hir current focus is mixing musical 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) identities and sexualities are also central tenets of Tonié's performing and research outputs.Acting has also become a prominent part of Tonié's career having performed in 10 small cast schools performances for and 17 full stage productions as Poseidon, Andromache, Chorus and Soldier in the Eagle's Nest production of 'The Womxn of Troy' by Euripides.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 costumery 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, Toniéhas 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 has also been broadcast repeatedly (including solo and ensemble) on ABC Classic FM's flagship live broadcasting program 'Sunday Live'. In 2003 Tonié also received an ARIA award for 'Best Classical Album' as part of the guitar group 'Saffire'.In 1998 Tonié took up an appointment as Head of Guitar at the Victorian College of the Arts (now part of the Victorian College of Fine Arts and Music) and since then sie has performed in a wide range of ensembles on the electric and classical guitars including multiple premiers of new works, many live appearances for national ABC radio and several recordings for ABC Classics and one for Naxos Records. As a soloist Tonié has toured Slovakia, New Zealand and nearly every capital city in Australia.

Scholarly Works

Displaying the 31 most recent scholarly works by Tonie Field.

Honours, Awards and Fellowships


'Cone of Silence Award' for most popular act 2008

Quiet Music Festival


ARIA award for 'Best Classical Album' 2003

Australian Record Industry Association





Lecturer In Music (Guitar)

Melbourne Conservatorium Of Music


Masters in Performance (by Research)

No Data Found - ValueSetID [1009118] FlexValue [172] ParentLow [Australian]