27 November 2014
Michael Kieran Harvey Scholarship to James Hullick
Composer, pianist and sound artist James Hullick has won the 2014 Michael Kieran Harvey Scholarship, worth $60,000. The two-year scholarship is awarded to an applicant who demonstrates technical mastery of the piano and displays originality, imagination, creativity and a desire to pursue piano and music in the 21st century.
Established in 2006, the Michael Kieran Harvey Scholarship is awarded to an Australian post-graduate pianist to help further their career overseas. It was established by the will of the late Susan Mary Remington to celebrate the work and achievements of Australian pianist and composer Michael Kieran Harvey.
James Hullick's approach to piano performance was described by Michael Kieran Harvey as compelling, confronting and profoundly unorthodox:
'James shows a deeply philosophical and unique approach to his musical destiny, led by a sense of integrity and concern for the human condition. He is astonishingly ambitious in his goal to advocate for a new conceptualisation of "keyboard culture" and his highly developed musical philosophy makes him a very worthwhile recipient of this scholarship.'
Mr Hullick intends to use the scholarship to encourage other 'ugly duckling pianists' to pursue their creative visions:
'The Michael Kieran Harvey Scholarship serves as a wonderful opportunity to encourage pianists across Australia to be sonically adventurous - to consider how their own practice might help transition Australian keyboard culture into the 21st century', Hullick said.'In receiving this award I can see that there is currently a national cultural shift in the sonic arts, where Australians are opening their minds to a more infinite understanding of their collective creative voice.'
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