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Lisa Cheney : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: Quiver : for flute, bass clarinet and marimba by Lisa Cheney, from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 47.

Photo of Lisa Cheney

Photo: Jonn Sokol


Lisa Cheney is an emerging Australian composer based in Melbourne. Her music has been performed by The Southern Cross Soloists, The Australian Voices, The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Ady Ensemble, Belladiva, Ensemble Fabrique, The Melbourne Metropolitan Sinfonietta, Syzygy and The Australian Ballet amongst others. Having previously completed her undergraduate and Masters degrees at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (QCGU) with Gerard Brophy and Gerardo Dirie, she is currently studying her PhD at the University of Melbourne with prominent composers Stuart Greenbaum and Elliott Gyger. Cheney has also received lessons from composers William Duckworth, Philip Bracanin, Iain Grandage, Robert Aldridge and David Dzubay.

Lisa has written for a variety of mediums including orchestra, chamber ensemble, choir, ballet, theatre, film, animation and electronic tracks for live performance collaborations. Her composition accolades include being the recipient of the Glen-Carter Varney Award for Composition (2009), first places at the MTAQ Gold Coast Composer's Competition and the ASME Young Composer's Competition (2004-2010), the Bill Murray Encouragement Award for Composition (2009), first prize at the Keys Festival for Australian Music (2006), the Griffith University Owen Fletcher Postgraduate Award (2008), an Australia-Korea Foundation Scholarship (2011) and the Silver Harris and Jeff Peck Composition Prize (2014). She has participated in the 2010 Atlantic Music Festival (Maine, USA), the 2012 Australian Youth Orchestra National Music Camp, the 2013 Brevard Music Centre Institute (North Carolina, USA) and the 2013 Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Cybec 21ST Century Composers' Program. Her work 'The Pool and the Star', written as part of the Cybec Program was most recently selected by the MSO for performance at the Metropolis New Music Festival under the baton of Finnish maestro Olli Mustonen.

As part of her Master of Music research, Lisa has written papers exploring the experiences of other early career female composers in Australia. She currently runs the facebook group 'Women in Composition' and the twitter channel 'Women Composers' designed to support and promote the work of her female colleagues worldwide. In addition to her composing schedule, Cheney enjoys supporting the careers of other emerging composers and artists as the founder of the Brisbane Composers' Forum and as the Co-Director and Co-Curator of an exciting new project called 'Making Waves'. In 2015-2016 she will haves work performed by The Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, The Sydney Antiphony, The Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, Plexus Collective, St Stephen's College and The Melbourne Metropolitan Sinfonietta.

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 March 2015

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.
Drought : for solo soprano and SSAATTBB choir (2012) Commissioned by The Australian Voices.
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