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Tim Dargaville : Represented Artist

Random Audio Sample: Invisible dance for flute and piano : flute with piano by Tim Dargaville, from the CD Eat chocolate and cry

Photo of Tim Dargaville

Photo: Rosalie Hastwell

Tim Dargaville (b.1962) is a composer, pianist, percussionist, and teacher who has emerged as as distinctive voice in recent Australian contemporary music. Central to his work is a nurturing of authentic musical expression that encompasses cultural diversity. As a composer/pianist, Tim Dargaville has studied under eminent Australian musicians Richard Meale, Keith Humble and Michael Kieran Harvey, and as percussionist he has worked with, amongst others, Master Drummer Kobla Ladzekpo (Ghana/USA) and Sri TAS Mani at the celebrated Karnataka College of Percussion (India). As an inspiring music educator, Tim Dargaville has taught students of a diverse age range in a variety of educational institutions including at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne, the Sir Zelman Cowan School of Music, Monash University, the Victorian College of the Arts, and also in a number of secondary schools in Melbourne, Victoria

Tim Dargaville's compositions include work for the concert platform, theatre, and dance, and have received international recognition with performances at the Warsaw Autumn Festival (Poland), the 4th East-West Music and Dance Encounter (India), the 1997 Wigmore Hall Masters Series (London, UK), and the Rotterdam Bach Festival (the Netherlands). In Australia his music has been broadcast on ABC national radio and television, featured in the Melbourne and Sydney International Festivals, awarded the prestigious Albert Maggs award, the Jean Bogan prize and an Ian Potter Music Commission. Compositions have also been nominated for both Sounds Australian and Green Room Awards for best new work. Tim Dargaville is a regularly featured composer for the Melbourne Theatre Company, and he has also been the recipient of two Asialink Performing Artists Residencies, researching the South Indian vocal percussion art form konnakol, and its creative potential for generating new music.

Other recent collaborations have occurred with internationally renowned oboist Diana Doherty (In the Spirit House for oboe and piano), Adishakti Theatre Arts Laboratory, India (Kolam, for 5 percussionists), The Melbourne Theatre Company (Tribes), The Australian Virtuosi (Negra IV for 2 pianos and 2 percussionists), and acclaimed pianist Michael Kieran Harvey (Alba and Negra I for solo piano). Publishers include Red House Editions, Reed Music, The Keys Press, and La Trobe University Press, and recordings have been released on ABC Classics, Move Records, and the Divine Art (UK) labels.

Tim Dargaville's music is represented in the collection of the Australian Music Centre, Sydney.

Tim Dargaville — current to November 2014

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2014 Albert H Maggs Composition Award First Prize
2003 Ian Potter Music Commission Commission Rubia
1999 Jean Bogan Prize for Piano Composition Winner Negra I

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Kolam : for saxophone quartet (2012) Funded through Pozible.
Digital sheet music sample Crossing the borderland : for soprano/alto saxophone, violin, cello and piano (2008) Commissioned by Christina Leonard.
Digital sheet music sample The path to the high ground : for cello, piano and percussion (2008) Commissioned by Bernadette Balkus.
Enlightenment (trios: piano, guitar, cello) (2007) Commissioned by Melbourne Theatre Company.
Invisible dances (septets: flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, harp, violin, cello) (2006) Commissioned by Sonic Art Ensemble.
Cruel and tender (vocal trios) (2005) Commissioned by Melbourne Theatre Company.