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Lisa Cheney : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: Lullaby : for mezzo-soprano and piano by Lisa Cheney, from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 27.

Photo of Lisa Cheney

Photo: Jonn Sokol


Lisa Cheney is a contemporary classical composer based in Queensland, Australia. Cheney writes music for a variety of mediums including orchestra, chamber ensembles, choirs, ballet, theatre, film and animations.

After completing her undergraduate degree in musical composition in 2008, she went on to study a Master of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music with a special research interest in the experiences of early-career female composers in Australia, under the guidance of Dr Gerardo Dirie, Gerard Brophy and Dr Brydie Bartleet.

Composition accolades include the Betty Beath Most Promising Award (2004), Glen-Carter Varney Award for Composition (2009), first prize in the open section of the MTAQ Gold Coast Composer's Competition (2005, 2006, 2007, 2009), Bill Murray Encouragement Award for Composition (2009), first place and other prizes in the Open section of the ASME Young Composer's Competition (2008, 2009, 2010), first prize at the Keys Festival for Australian Music (2006) with her vocal and piano work Lullaby, the Griffith University Owen Fletcher Postgraduate Award (2008), the recipient of Australia-Korea Foundation Scholarship (2011) and participant at the Atlantic Music Festival, Australian Youth Orchestra National Music Camp and the Brevard Music Centre composition programs.

Cheney has had works broadcast on ABC Classic FM and completed commissions from such acclaimed companies as the Southern Cross Soloists (2008, 2010), White Wolf Theatre Company (2011), Belladiva (2010), Bangalow Music Festival (2010), SOUNDING OUT Composers' Collective (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), GUS the animation (2011), Ensemble Fabrique (2011, 2012), Syzygy (2012), the Australian Voices (2012), and the Australian Ballet.

Cheney premiered her first major commission for the Australian Ballet as part of their Body Torque 2.2 Season in 2009. Australian Stage praised the score of her short ballet-opera as the 'the sweetest swoon, enchanting', asserting that Fade Not was 'the most unexpected, non-conformist' work, with the Canberra Times applauding 'an innate sense of clarity and harmony'.

In addition to a busy writing schedule, Cheney continues to devote her time to creating opportunities for other emerging composers and artists as a co-founder of the Brisbane based SOUNDING OUT Composers' Collective Series (SOCC), founder of the Brisbane Composers' Forum, and through her passionate championing of the MTAQ Gold Coast Composer's Competition.

In 2013-14 Cheney will premiere new works in North Carolina whilst in residence at the Brevard Music Centre, take part in the MSO Cybec 21st Century Composers' Program and complete commissions for Diana Tolmie and Ady Ensemble, to name a few.

Lisa Cheney is available to consider commissions and collaborations. Orders for scores and personal contact can be made through e-mail or her website (see above).

Lisa Cheney — current to October 2013

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2006 Keys National Festival for Australian Music 1st place, Intermediate Composition Section Lullaby

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
The Pool and the star : chamber orchestra (2014) Commissioned as part of the 2013 Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers’ Program.
Song of city ghosts : for oboe, bass clarinet in Bb, horn in F, bassoon and piano (2008) Commissioned by the Southern Cross Soloists for performance in their 'Words and Music' series