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Andrew Batterham : Represented Artist

I write comprehensible, emotive music that connects and inspires. A successful piece of music should take the listener somewhere else from where they started - that's my aim.

Random Audio Sample: Drum and bass : for bass clarinet and drumkit by Andrew Batterham, from the CD Mosaics

Photo of Andrew Batterham

Andrew Batterham's music has been performed throughout Australia, Asia, Europe and America by professional orchestras and ensembles, community groups, schools, and on TV and radio. He works frequently as a composer and arranger on corporate videos, rock albums, jazz events, school events, band music and community projects, and performs in several different fields of music.

As a young composer, Andrew Batterham attended two National Music Camps (in 1987 and 1988) under the direction of Graham Hair. He went on to complete a Bachelor of Music degree (composition) at the University of Melbourne, studying with Peter Tahourdin and Brenton Broadstock. Postgraduate studies followed with Mark Pollard at the Victorian College of the Arts. Currently Andrew has completed MMus and is undertaking a PhD in composition at Melbourne, under the supervision of Associate Professor Stuart Greenbaum.

In 1994 Batterham won the Qantas Youth Award section of the Paul Lowin Prize in for his chamber work Triptych. As a result, he travelled to Los Angeles, New York and London to study in 1995. The same year he was the inaugural winner of the Queensland Philharmonic's Corbould Composition Prize for his orchestral work Thugine Legend.

In 1997 Batterham attended the Australian Composers' Orchestral Forum under the tuition of Richard Mills, where his orchestral work Cort├ęge was premiered by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. In 1999, he received a commendation for his entry in the Albert H. Maggs Composition Award.

In 2000 he was commissioned by Symphony Australia to write a work for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and The End of All Journeys was subsequently nominated for an AMC award. He is a regular contributor to published collections, including an Ern Malley setting for Lyrebird Press. Recent art music commissions include an Australia Council grant to write a piano sonata for Natasha Lin, and music for the 2014 Sydney International Festival of Brass, where Batterham was a composer-in-residence. Concertino for tuba and band was premiered in Portugal in mid-2015.

Andrew Batterham is very active in the band world, composing Highwayman for the New Zealand National Brass Band championships in 2001, and A Golden Summer's Day for the Australian Championships in 2002, as well as supplying a test piece for the 2002 Tasmanian Championships. His band music has been performed and recorded by high-profile performers such as James Morrison, and his music is included in several examination syllabuses.

Batterham's rock songs have received certificates of commendation in the Australian Songwriters' Association National Songwriting Contest, and received further exposure as the soundtrack to ATV10's Extreme Sports program. Recent recording projects include commercial recordings of various brass music by Steve Rosse and other Sydney Symphony musicians, and Duke's Crusade for alto saxophone and piano, released on CALA records by Michael Duke. Batterham's music is published by Reed Music and Muso's Media.

Andrew Batterham — current to July 2015

Studied with

Brenton Broadstock


Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Scorpion dragon : for solo tuba and 9 horns (2014) Written for the 2014 Sydney International Brass Festival
Digital sheet music sample Spring music : Piano sonata no. 2 (2014) Commissioned by Natasha Lin.
Digital sheet music sample Concertino : for solo tuba and band (2014) Commissioned by Sergio Carolino, principal tuba with Porto Symphony Orchestra, Portugal
Organica : for trumpet, trombone and acoustic guitar (2013) Commissioned by Three (Musical group).
The Four Immortals : for four low brass soloists, low brass and percussion (2013) Commissioned by Sydney International Brass Festival, Steve Rosse.
Digital sheet music sample We all fly blind : for orchestra (2013) Composed for the Zelman Symphony Orchestra under the Zelman Symphony / Melbourne University Emerging Composer of the Year Award for 2013