Robert Davidson : Represented Artist
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Photo: David Collins
Artist website: http://www.topologymusic.com/index.php/bio/robert/
Robert Davidson studied composition with Terry
Riley in California and New York, and completed a PhD in
composition at the University of Queensland. He previously
studied South Indian vocal music in Kerala, India. He was a
bassist in the Australian Opera, Sydney Symphony, and Queensland
Symphony orchestras before working as a freelance computer
programmer. His postclassical quintet Topology has played at
numerous festivals around the world since forming in 1996 - their
performances range from supporting pop group Savage Garden to
experimental theatre. Topology worked with Geoffrey Rush in the
opening production of the Optus Playhouse and again in the 2000
Olympics Arts Festival.
Davidson's compositions are regularly performed, recorded and broadcast around the world. All of Australia's professional orchestras and many leading soloists and ensembles have commissioned and performed his works.
Robert is currently undertaking research into links between language and music. He has composed many works around this theme, including voice portraits using recordings of figures including Ghandi, Churchill, Clinton, Whitlam, JFK, Amelia Earhardt and many others.
Robert is the Lecturer in Composition at the University of Queensland.
Robert Davidson — current to September 2009
|Australians : Voice portraits||Assisted through the National Film and Sound Archive's Research Fellowships program.|
|Exterior||Commissioned by Australian Institute of Eastern Music.|
|Four places (trios: shakuhachi, marimba, cello)||Commissioned by the Australian Institute of Eastern Music|
|Smoke signals : chamber ensemble||Commissioned by the Southern Cross Soloists for performance in their 'Words and Music' series|
|Brightest threads : saxophone quartet (2010)||Commissioned by Continuum Sax.|
|Queensland at home (quintets: saxophone, piano, violin, viola, double bass) (2009)||Commissioned by Queensland Music Festival.|