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: Timothy Tate
Lisa Cheney graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music Griffith University in 2008, with a Bachelor of Music in composition. Having previously studied with composer Gerard Brophy, in 2010 Cheney commenced a Master of Music in composition under the guidance of Dr Gerardo Dirie and Dr Brydie-Leigh Bartlett, with an interest in the experiences of early career female composers in 21st-century Australia.
The recipient of many awards, Cheney is a fast-emerging presence on the Queensland composition scene. 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, 207, 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, and the Griffith University Owen Fletcher Postgraduate Award (2008).
Cheney has had works broadcast on ABC Classic FM. She has completed commissions from such acclaimed companies as the Southern Cross Soloists (2008, 2010), Brisbane Arts Theatre (2006), White Wolf Theatre Company (2011),Belladiva (2010), Alpha Crucis (2010), the Atlantic Music Festival - USA (2010), the Bangalow Music Festival (2010), SOUNDING OUT Composers' Collective (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011) 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. A short ballet-opera, the score was praised by Australian Stage as the 'the sweetest swoon, enchanting', asserting that Fade Not was 'the most unexpected, non-conformist' work. The Canberra Times applauded the work for its '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) and a passionate champion of the MTAQ Gold Coast Composers' Competition.
In 2011-2012 Cheney will visit South Korea with assistance from the Australia-Korea Foundation, complete new works for theatre, solo piano, Ensemble Fabrique, the Australia East and West Viola Project, Restrung Festival and The Australian Voices.
Lisa Cheney is available to consider commissions and collaborations. Orders for scores and personal contact can also be made through e-mail (see above).
Lisa Cheney — current to August 2012
Awards & Prizes
|2006||Keys National Festival for Australian Music||1st place, Intermediate Composition Section||Lullaby|
|Song of city ghosts : chamber ensemble||Commissioned by the Southern Cross Soloists for performance in their 'Words and Music' series|