16 November 2007
Composer Notes - November 2007
© Bridget Elliot
Awards, Grants and Prizes
Kaidan, a work by Ian Cleworth, Timothy Constable, Riley Lee, and members of TaikOz was awarded Best New Composition at the 2007 Limelight awards on 14th November. The finalists for this award included Andrew Ford’s A Reel, a Fling and a Ghostly Galliard, James Ledger’s Trumpet Concerto and Julian Yu’s Oriental Rain. For a list of the other winners at the Awards go to: www.abc.net.au
Gordon Hamilton is a finalist in the 6th International Composition Prize, presented by the Luxembourg Society for Contemporary Music. The Luxembourg Sinfonietta (with conductor Marcel Wengler) premiered four works nominated for the final round in October this year. Along with Hamilton’s Sinfonietta-Concertante , the ensemble also performed Triplicity by Nicholas Casswell (Great Britain), Mare Tranquilitatis III by Robert Lemay (Canada), and The Fifth Station by Akihiro Kano (Japan). 152 composers from 38 countries participated in the competition.
Composer Calvin Bowman has been awarded an Australia Council Fellowship for 2008-9. Bowman plans to use the fellowship to write choral music and art song for various ensembles and musicians throughout Victoria. Trumpeter Scott Tinkler has also been awarded a Fellowship to develop and apply extended and prepared trumpet techniques for performance. The awards, valued at $90,000, are granted to artists who demonstrate outstanding professional achievement and have the potential to contribute to both the artist’s professional development and music practice in Australia. Brigid Burke, Kate Neal and Lisa Young were also awarded Project Fellowships ($20,000) for the creation of new work.
Andrew Ford's Elegy in a Country Graveyard was one of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's official entries for the 2007 Prix Italia, held this year in Verona, Italy. Labelled as a ‘radio requiem’, the work was a short-listed finalist along with entries from Radio France and Radio Belgrade. French composer Jonathan Pontier took the prize for his work L’Ecorce et le Noyau.
Pianist, composer and conductor Paul Grabowsky was awarded The Melbourne Prize for Music 2007 ($60,000) in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Australian music and to cultural and public life. Genevieve Lacey won the Outstanding Musicians Award for her outstanding work as a performer, while Julian Langdon won the Development Award for his outstanding musical talent and potential to further develop his professional career.
The Australian Music Centre Award – a new composition prize for talented students at Methodist Ladies College, Burwood NSW – was awarded to students Susie Kwon and Anastasia Pahos.
Composer Development Projects
Nicholas Ng (ACT), Melody Eötvös (Qld), Mark Wolf (SA), Adam Starr (Vic) and Julian Langdon (Vic) will participate in Symphony Australia’s Composer Development Program beginning in December this year with Orchestra Victoria. The program – directed by Richard Mills – provides emerging composers with the opportunity to learn more about writing music for symphony orchestras. Their works will be performed in a concert in July 2008.
New Music Online
Recently at the 50th Warsaw Autumn Festival, ELISION gave the world premiere of a new work by Dominik Karski. You can hear this piece along with works by Chris Dench, James Dillon, John Rodgers, Aaron Cassidy, Richard Barrett, and Aleksandra Gryka online through this link: www.polskieradio.pl/sluchaj/play.aspx?p=r2
Stephen Lalor's song The Seven Sisters of the Dreamtime, based on the Aboriginal Dreamtime story and commissioned by the Music Education magazine Music In Action, is now available both online and by subscription as sheet music, guide instrumental track and guide vocal track featuring the Stiff Gins' Kaleena Briggs. There are also composition and cross-curriculum guidelines for classroom use: www.musicinaction.org.au.
Australian Music Overseas
Kate Moore and Katia Tiutiunnik have both been invited to participate in the 2008 International Congress of Music by Women in Beijing, China. The five-day congress will feature established women composers as well as students, musicologists, educators, performers and conductors who will contribute their creativity in concerts, workshops, and panel discussions.
Wendy Hiscock’s piano works Trees and Lightning and Prawning Lanterns on Lake Illawarra will be premiered by Scott McCarey at Brigham Young University, Hawaii on 15th November 2007 at 7.30pm. Wendy will present a composers workshop at the University on 17th November. She has recently participated in the filming of an ABC TV documentary about the life and influence of Australian painter Lloyd Rees which is scheduled for broadcast in February 2008. Rees’s painting has inspired many of Wendy’s works, including Grace (performed by Trinity College Choir, Melbourne).
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