Saxophonist and composer, Cheryl Durongpisitkul, studied jazz performance at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts from 2009 – 2011. During this time, one of her compositions was nominated for the Western Australian Music (WAM) ‘Song of the Year’ competition in 2011.
She relocated back to her hometown of Melbourne in 2013, and in the same year was also selected to participate in the highly competitive Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music where she was able to work closely with and learn directly from Vijay Iyer and his chosen faculty, including Esperanza Spalding, Ravi Coltrane, and Wadada Leo Smith.
Since then she completed a BMus - Honours in 2016 at the Victorian College of the Arts (MCM), graduating with First Class Honours. In 2017, she released her debut album 'Follow Me Through the Red Ash", a long-form, through composed piece with an accompanying narrative. She plays in various collaborative bands around Melbourne including Koi Kingdom, SPIRE and Ogopogo. She is a founding member of ‘All In Melbourne’, an organisation dedicated to promoting diversity within the Melbourne jazz community.