19 July 2016
2016 Art Music Awards: finalists announced
[Update: Distinguished Services Award recipient Helen Gifford - read more.] The finalists for the 2016 Art Music Awards have been announced. From jazz compositions and large-scale symphonic pieces to vocal, chamber and instrumental works and experimental projects, the list of finalists in 11 Award categories reflects the diversity and the high quality of contemporary art music written, composed and performed in 2015.
Finalists in multiple categories include composers Elliott Gyger (for the opera Fly Away Peter in the Vocal/Choral work of the Year and Performance of the Year categories), Paul Grabowsky (two works shortlisted for Jazz Work of the Year, with Niko Schäuble and the Young Wägilak Group, respectively) and Andrew Schultz (two works shortlisted for Vocal/Choral work of the Year). Other Work of the Year finalists include Tristan Coelho, Mary Finsterer, Paul Jarman, Georges Lentz, and Catherine Milliken.
Performance of the Year finalists this year are the Goldner String Quartet (for their performance of Paul Stanhope's String Quartet no. 3), Semaphore band and dancers (Kate Neal's Semaphore), percussionist Louise Devenish (performance of music by Warren Burt, James Hullick, Stuart James, Andrián Pertout and Lindsay Vickery), and the Sydney Chamber Opera (Gyger's Fly Away Peter).
Finalists in the Award for Excellence categories include Arcko Symphonic Ensemble, Ensemble Offspring, Speak Percussion and ABC Radio National's The Music Show (Award for Excellence by an Organisation); Andrée Greenwell, Claire Edwardes, Peter Knight and Ros Dunlop (Award for Excellence by an Individual), Artology, Australian Art Orchestra, Queensland Music Festival and SCEGGS Darlinghurst (Award for Excellence in Music Education), Moorambilla Voices, Queensland Music Festival, TURA New Music and Tyalgum Music Festival (Award for Excellence in a Regional Area).
Shortlisted for the Award for Excellence in Experimental Music are Clan Analogue for 'Intone: Voice Abstractions', Decibel for 'After Julia' program, Leah Barclay for WIRA River Listening, and Speak Percussion. Excellence in Jazz shortlist includes Alister Spence Trio for their live record, Australian Jazz Real Book, Mark Isaacs and the WA Youth Jazz Orchestra.
'The people included in these lists, and indeed across all the nominations lodged, represent our champions, and those who champion our champions. The names of those established and emerging, in cities and in regional areas, show that we have much to celebrate in the Australian art music sector', said the AMC's CEO John Davis.
The Award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music (as determined by the APRA Board of Directors) will be announced prior to the event. There is also an award for each Australian State or Territory from one of the 11 national categories.
The 2016 Art Music Awards will be presented at the Plaza Ballroom in Melbourne on Tuesday 16 August, hosted by Jonathan Biggins and with a live performance program curated by Gabriella Smart.
APRA AMCOS and the AMC would like to extend congratulations to all of the finalists for the 2016 Art Music Awards - the only event of its kind in Australia to recognise the works that are brought to life by dedicated musicians, individuals, educators and arts organisations all over the country.
2016 Art Music Awards - finalists
Vocal / Choral Work of the Year
Title: Paradise, five songs for soprano, cello and
Composer: Andrew Schultz
Performed by: Felicitas Fuchs (soprano), Qin Li-Wei (cello) and Bernard Lanskey (piano)
Jazz Work of the Year
Title: Beginning and End of Knowing
Composed & performed by: Laurence Pike and Mike Nock
Composed & performed by: Paul Grabowsky and Niko Schäuble
Publisher: J Albert & Son
Instrumental Work of the Year
Orchestral Work of the Year
Title: Earth Plays
Composer: Catherine Milliken
Performed by: Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Fiona Campbell, soloist, Peter Rundel, conductor
Performance of the Year
Award for Excellence by an Organisation
Arcko Symphonic Ensemble for presenting 'From Sorrowing Earth', a celebration of Nigel Butterley
Ensemble Offspring for 2015 activities and sustained services to Australian music for 20 years
Speak Percussion for their 2015 program: Performance, Commissions, Collaborations and Education
The Music Show (ABC Radio National) for promotion, discussion and analysis of Australian music over 25 years
Award for Excellence by an Individual
Andrée Greenwell for her work as composer and Artistic Director of Green Room Music
Claire Edwardes for performance, advocacy and artistic leadership
Peter Knight for sustained contribution through composition, performance and leadership
Ros Dunlop for her sustained contribution to Australian music for over 30 years
Award for Excellence in Music Education
Artology for the Fanfare Competition
Australian Art Orchestra for the Creative Music Intensive residency project
Queensland Music Festival for the Cape York Instrumental Program
SCEGGS Darlinghurst for the Compose 120 Projects
Award for Excellence in a Regional Area
Moorambilla Voices for the Moorambilla Voices 2015 Tenth Anniversary Season
Queensland Music Festival for 'Under This Sky', a large-scale production in the community of Logan
TURA New Music for the 2015 Reflection Tour to regional, remote and very remote Australia
Tyalgum Music Festival for the 2015 Tyalgum Music Festival
Award for Excellence in Experimental Music
Clan Analogue for Intone: Voice Abstractions
Decibel for 'After Julia' program
Leah Barclay for WIRA River Listening
Speak Percussion for 2015 Music Program
Award for Excellence in Jazz
Alister Spence Trio for CD recording Alister Spence Trio: Live
Australian Jazz Real Book for the Australian Jazz Real Book
Mark Isaacs for sustained contribution over four decades and 2015 Queensland Regional Tour
WA Youth Jazz Orchestra for an outstanding 2015 annual program
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