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27 November 2013

Erkki Veltheim wins a Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship

Erkki Veltheim performing with Elision, Huddersfield 2011 Image: Erkki Veltheim performing with Elision, Huddersfield 2011  
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Composer, improviser and violinist Erkki Veltheim has been awarded one of the 2013 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships, worth $160,000 over a two-year period.

Veltheim is a member of contemporary music ensemble Elision and the improvisers' collective Australian Art Orchestra, and has performed with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt) and Ensemble musikFabrik (Dusseldorf). In 2013 he was appointed an artistic associate of ChamberMade Opera. He also appeared as an onstage solo violinist/electric violinist in Brett Dean's opera Bliss for Opera Australia in 2010. He is a regular performer at Australian improvisation events and has collaborated with many leading composers, improvisers and performers.

The Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships are not tied to a specific outcome, instead, they allow each of the ten mid-career artists time to develop aspects of their creative practice at their own pace. Other 2013 fellows, active in the field of music, include singer-songwriter Emma Donovan, sound designer Stefan Gregory, music theatre artist Melissa Madden Gray (also known by her stage name Meow Meow), and singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke. Former recipients of Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships include composer Paul Stanhope and percussionist Eugene Ughetti.

> For a full list of 2013 fellows, please see the news article on the Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund website.

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