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Robert Davidson : Represented Artist

I enjoy music that celebrates the body as well as the mind, that responds to how our primate brains operate. We're living in the most exciting musical period ever, and I'm thrilled.

Random Audio Sample: Strata (quartets: clarinet, piano, viola, cello) by Robert Davidson, from the CD Crimson songs


Photo of Robert Davidson

Photo: David Collins

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

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2013 Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Vocal/Choral Finalist We apologise

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
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
The light of the world : SA choir with orcherstra (2013) Commissioned by Clayfield College
We apologise : electroacoustic (2012) Commissioned by The Australian Voices.