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Lewis Cornwell : Associate Artist

Lewis Cornwell lectures in harmony and analysis at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he is currently Associate Dean (ICT). A graduate of the University of Sydney, he studied composition in the Department of Music with Peter Sculthorpe. He began tutoring in Harmony in 1982, both in the Music Department and at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, gaining a full-time position at the Conservatorium in 1989 and serving as Chair of Musicology from 2002-04.

He was a founding member of the composers' collective Music Performed and served a term as its administrator, helping to organise workshops of New Music for young composers. His works have been included in concerts given by the ISCM, the Mused Ensemble and the Seymour Group. His interest in studying and composing New Music for traditional Japanese instruments has led to performances of his works in Japan and Europe. In January 1997, Interweave, for shô and guitar, received its first performance at the 18th Festival and Conference of the Asian Composers' League, in Manila.

Lewis was a co-organiser of the Takemitsu Symposium and Tribute Concert, which was held at the University of Sydney in February, 1998. As an oboist, he plays in local orchestras and chamber ensembles, and helps with their administration.

Biography provided by the composer — current to September 2005