Tonié has established hirself as one of Australia's leading performers and teachers of the classical guitar. Graduating from the Canberra School of Music with 1st Class Honours as ‘Most Outstanding Graduate’ for the Class of 1995, Tonié achieved various accolades while studying including several first prizes in school-wide chamber music competitions and winning 2nd prize twice at the Darwin International Guitar Competition in 1993 and 1995. In 1996 Tonié was awarded a ‘Big Brother’ scholarship to study in the UK which sie used to receive tuition from Royal Northern College of Music’s Head of Guitar Gordon Crosskey and Manhattan School of Music Chairman of Guitar David Starobin. Tonié has also performed in master classes for Leo Brouwer, John Williams, Manuel Barrueco, Carlo Barone, Stepan Rak, Frederick Noad and others.
In 1996, Tonié's debut CD ‘Sunburst - Music of the Americas' was recorded for Walsingham Classics and nominated for an ARIA in 1997. It was released internationally through Tower Records and has regularly been broadcast on ABC Classic FM. Tonié has also been broadcast repeatedly (including solo and ensemble) on ABC Classic FM's flagship live broadcasting program 'Sunday Live'.
In 1998 Tonié took up an appointment as Head of Guitar at the Victorian College of the Arts and since then sie has performed in a wide range of ensembles on the electric and classical guitars including multiple premiers of new works, many live appearances for national ABC radio and several recordings for ABC Classics and one for Naxos Records.
As a soloist Tonié has toured Slovakia, New Zealand and nearly every capital city in Australia.
In 2007 Tonié received a highly competitive Australian Postgraduate Award to undertake the Masters in Performance (by research) course at the Victorian College of the Arts where sie achieved the