Anne Norman is a composer and performer of shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute). Originally trained on Western Boehm system flUle, Anne took up the Shakuhachi under Nakamura Shindo in 1986 while living in Japan. In 1990 she received two grants from the Japanese Government (Monbusho) enabling her to further her studies of shakuhachi performance at the Tokyo University of Fine Art and Music under 'Living National Treasure' Yamaguchi Goro. Anne also studied a different repertoire under Tajima Tadashi.
Anne currently resides in Melbourne working as a freelance musician,
with vocalist Ria Soemaurdjo, ud player Chris Sprague and tabla player Glen Kniebeiss.
Anne has a Masters in Ethnomusieology (Monash Univ) and a Bachelor of Music, DipEd (Melb Univ). In addition to hcr performance schedule, Anne regularly works with taiko drummer Toshi Sakamoto, conducting a visiting Japanese Music in Schools program which involves performances, hands-on workshops and brief residencies in primary and secondary schools. Anne has written a bilingual musical for primary schools and has also been guest presenter/lecturer at universities across the country. Anne also works as Artist in Residence in schools and universities, inspiring students to produce cross art-form collaborative performance work.