Organ, Historical Keyboards and Sacred Music
CURRENT STUDENT PROFILE
Australian-born, Edith Yam is a second-year doctoral student in organ performance and literature at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, under the tutelage of Prof. David Higgs. Edith completed her secondary schooling at the Sydney Conservatorium High School in 2011, where she studied the organ under Philip Swanton, and several years later in 2015 she graduated with her Bachelor of Music degree (with First Class Honours), in organ performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. During these years, Edith attained her AMEB Associate and Licentiate diplomas with Distinction, awarded annual academic scholarships, won the Sydney Organ Competition, played for her own graduation ceremony, and travelled frequently to Europe for organ masterclasses in Amsterdam, Haarlem and Stade, learning from the likes of Jacques van Oortmerssen, Olivier Latry, Lorenzo Ghielmi and many others. From 2014-15, she also went on an exchange semester to the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen where she was a student of Klaus Eichhorn, received masterclasses from Harald Vogel and Hans Davidsson, had lessons on many organs by Arp Schnitger, and performed at Petri Dom and Worpswede.
With the support of several scholarships and prizes (including from the University of Sydney and the Australian Music Foundation), in June 2018 Edith was awarded her Master of Music degree from the Conservatorium of Amsterdam, where she studied the organ from Pieter van Dijk and Matthias Havinga, and visiting organ professor from Lyon, Louis Robilliard. For her final exam recital, Edith performed an all-Bach program on the Van Hagerbeer/Schnitger organ at the Grote Sint Laurenskerk in Alkmaar. During her studies in Europe, Edith also performed in venues all over the Netherlands (including the Waalse Kerk and Oude Kerk in Amsterdam, and Orgelpark) and played in masterclasses given by Daniel Roth and Vincent Warnier at Royaumont Abbey (France), as well as in courses by Karin Nelson, Henry Fairs and Joel Speerstra in Kongsberg (Norway).
Since arriving in the USA, she has played in masterclasses and had lessons from William Porter, Edoardo Bellotti, Renée Anne Louprette and Arvid Gast. Over the past summer in 2019, Edith travelled to Lyon and received a lesson from Louis Robilliard, and played on several French Baroque and Romantic organs in Toulouse.