Di Bresciani OAM
Di Bresciani’s landscapes and colourful abstract improvisations in oil inspired one critic to say “Di captures light so artfully that it seems to shine from a source outside the painting”. Recent works include a number of canvases that explore the fleeting manifestations and rhythms of light in the natural world, while other simple abstract compositions often produce a contemplative or meditative response in the viewer.
The Australian bush, specifically the Mallee region of Victoria is referenced in a number of works suggesting the stroboscopic dazzle of sunlight in broken shafts of ochre, gold, pink and white. Another series captures the vastness of the sea (experienced in San Remo Victoria) with studies gradually morphing into semi-abstract glazes of colour and mist.
Di Bresciani completed a Music Degree at the University of Melbourne and subsequently obtained a Doctor of philosophy in Music and Psychology undertaken with a Post Graduate Research Scholarship. In the 1980’s her research achieved international recognition, culminating in an invitation to visit the USSR by Dimitri Kabalevsky.
In 1988 Di founded the Youth Music Foundation of Australia Inc (YMF) which is affiliated with leading music/arts institutions in Australia, Italy, the US and the UK. In 2003 Di was selected Woman Achiever of the Year by the Australian Brain Foundation. Di is a life member of the Melba Trust Foundation, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Music Teachers, a senior adjudicator for the Australian Music Examinations Board, a Life Governor of University College, Melbourne, a Governor of the Florey and Mental Health Research Institutes, Founder and Managing Director YMF, a Board Member for the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, a Governor of the Mental Health Research Institute, and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Di was awarded Merit in the Order of Australia Honours List New Year 2013 with the citation ‘for contributions to music, the visual arts and the community’.
Previously: Vice President Soiree Musical Inc, Director Australian Cultural Fund, Art Committee Member Peter MacCallum Institute, Board Member Australian Society for Music Education, Board Member Rose Music Pty Ltd, Managing Director Yamaha Music Foundation of Australian Inc, Board Member Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Council Member University College Melbourne and Council Member University College Past Students’ Association.
On April 6th, 2014 Trio Bresciani was launched at Melba Hall University of Melbourne, with three of Australia’s finest young musicians. On July 6th 2014 the Trio was launched in Brisbane Queensland. Trio Bresciani is the intersection between the hidden impulses of painting and music. Di’s paintings gave wings to this trio and are shown in the Trio’s website www.triobresciani.com.
For most of her life Di has worked in the visual arts, and since 1990 has exhibited regularly. Today her work is held in many collections both nationally and internationally.