Melbourne Prize for Music 2016

I'm not normally a great competition-enterer, but when $25K is dangled before one's eyes, reservations tend to be forgotten. I put the Piano Sonata in for the inaugural Beleura Award for Composition with no expectation, and was astonished to wind up among the five finalists.  Of course, Peter de Jager's superlative performance will have been a major factor in this outcome. My music is never fashionable enough to actually win such an award, but it is satisfying not to be entirely overlooked.

Information about the Melbourne Prize Trust is here.


Upcoming Composer Portrait Concert

The Victorian College of the Arts and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at The University of Melbourne are presenting a composer portrait concert at 8pm on 8 April 2017, featuring the following of my compositions:

from n(ich)t (1999) for voice, recorder, and guitar
fundamental processes for amplified 10-string guitar * World Premiere
diurnal (2014) for soprano and drone * Australian Premiere
shards for recorder (2011-12) * World Premiere
Blood Music (2005) for B flat clarinet, 1/4-tone vibraphone, and seven-string electric guitar * Australian Premiere

The performing artists are the XN ensemble and friends:

Ryan Williams recorder, Stuart Fisher guitar, Justine Anderson voice, Aviva Endean clarinet, Peter Neville vibraphone.

Bookings and information here.