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Tristan Coelho : Associate Artist

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Tristan Coelho is an award-winning Sydney-based composer who specialises in concert music, film and multimedia projects.

With an interest in a wide range of music from experimental classical and electronic to fusion and prog rock, he strives for a unique balance in his scores and an individual sound for each project. This diversity of sound worlds is mirrored in the range of performance venues he has worked in and the various settings of his music including art galleries in London, 12-century churches in France, theatres in the Netherlands, and concert halls and bars in Australia.

In 2014, Tristan Coelho was invited to the Etchings Festival held in Auvillar, France where his work Ripples was premiered and he received lessons from Mark Andre and Beat Furrer. He has appeared at the Young Composers Meeting hosted by Orkest de Ereprijs, the Dartington International Summer School and the NYU/ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop. In 2014 he took part in the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Darmstadt.

Project highlights include The Writer's Hand for Sydney-based vocal ensemble the Song Company as part of their MODART program, and commissions from the Chronology Arts Ensemble, Kammer Ensemble and recorder virtuoso Alicia Crossley. He is a founding member of Sideband, a composer/performer collective supporting emerging Australian musicians which released their debut CD in 2014. In 2012 Coelho was co-commissioned by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and the Oz Asia Festival for a new work, As the Dust Rises, and was mentored by Tan Dun and James Ledger during the project. His orchestral debut was in 2005 with Glass Canvas performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Martyn Brabbins as part of the Cybec 21st Century Composers' Program. Tristan Coelho has extensive experience in music for film and multimedia and has composed scores for numerous short films and advertising campaigns.

Coelho graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2006 with a Bachelor of Music in composition with first class honours and the Sydney University Medal. He then went on to receive both a full tuition scholarship and a Sydney University travelling scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music from 2007-2008 where he was awarded a Master's degree with distinction. He has studied formally with Michael Smetanin, Damien Ricketson, Mary Finsterer, Trevor Pearce and David Sawer amongst others.

Biography provided by the composer — current to January 2014

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2016 Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Instrumental Finalist read/write error

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
As the dust settles : for bass recorder and vibraphone (2011) Commissioned by Alicia Crossley.