Those of you with long memories might remember Peter de Jager winning the APRA AMCOS 2017 Performance of the Year Award for his 2016 rendition of my Piano Sonata at ANAM.
That was for the performance though, not the music, and delighted though I was and am that Peter’s amazing performance got the recognition it deserves, it was somewhat deflating that the work itself did not merit a mention in the Awards. It’s immodest I know, but I did think that of all my works, the 98′ of my Piano Sonata might rate at least an also-ran.
Happily, Alex Raineri’s authoritative premiere of the day section of my–also large–piano solo passing bells, a quite different work, has made it into the finalists for the 2020 Awards, in the Work Of The Year – Chamber Music category. The other contenders are Natasha Anderson, Brett Dean, and John Pax. With that competition I really don’t expect to win but it is nice to keep such illustrious company.
The Award winners will be announced at a streamed virtual event, premiering on APRA AMCOS’ YouTube channel on Tuesday 8 September, 7:00pm AEST.