Anthony Schulz, a seasoned music educator and accomplished accordionist, has devoted his life to the art of music, exploring and showcasing the versatility and refinement of the piano accordion. Over several decades, he has connected the instrument's past, present, and future, shaping its perception in the Australian musical landscape.
As a seasoned performer, Anthony has graced the stage with numerous highly acclaimed ensembles and projects, spanning from Luciano Pavarotti to ECM's Barre Phillips, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and ARIA award-winning Zulya and the Children of the Underground. His musical vision spans various genres, including chamber music, original compositions, world music ensembles, and improvisation.
His accolades include an ARIA Award in 2007 for collaboration with Zulya and the Children of the Underground. Beyond awards, Anthony holds key roles as the Committee Chair of Victoria's iconic multicultural music organization, The Boite, and President of the Accordion Society of Australia in Victoria. With a Bachelor of Music (Improvisation) and a Masters of Music Performance (VCA), Anthony presents a nuanced impression of the accordion, challenging preconceptions and expanding its artistic boundaries.
Anthony's impact extends to education, with a rich teaching career since the early 1990s, progressing from studio teaching to secondary and tertiary education. Currently a lecturer in the Bachelor of Music program at Melbourne Polytechnic, Anthony also provides private Piano Accordion lessons tailored to each student's unique qualities, emphasizing a rich musical and educational experience. His influence resonates not only in captivating performances but also as a guiding force in musical education.