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Christopher de Groot : Associate Artist

Christopher de Groot is a composer and multi-instrumentalist. Primarily a pianist, with a background in jazz, classical composition and orchestration de Groot has a strong interest in film having scored several feature films. He also has a strong interest in sound design and the combination of acoustic and electronic instrumentation.

Random Audio Sample: Esoterica (film/tv soundtrack) by Christopher de Groot, from the CD Esoterica

Photo of Christopher de Groot

Photo: Jodie Hutchinson

Christopher de Groot is a multi-genre, multidisciplinary composer who works heavily in the field of film and theatre. Primarily a pianist with a background in jazz and classical composition, de Groot has incorporated his interest in new music, electronics, recording techniques and cult soundtracks into his compositional practice.

De Groot studied formally for 10 years at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) where he gained a Master's degree in composition. He also taught composition and film music studies there from 2008-2012, before moving to Melbourne.

As a film composer de Groot has composed music for several independent feature films and has been nominated for a APRA Screen Music Award (2014), and a West Australian Screen Award four times (2009, 2010, 2011, 2014), winning in 2009 for his work on The Director's Cut.

De Groot's distinctive score for Australian independent feature film Sororal (2014) has been labelled "some of the most refreshing and eclectic horror music to be heard in a contemporary film" (Mikael Carlsson - MovieScore Media). The soundtrack gained international interest, being released by acclaimed soundtrack label Screamworks Records (Sweden). It was also nominated for Feature Film Score of The Year at the 2014 APRA Screen Music Awards alongside David Hirschfelder's The Railway Man and Christopher Gordon's Adoration. With this nomination de Groot became the youngest solo nominee in the Awards' history.

De Groot's credits include 15 short films, four feature films (most recently The Burning Kiss [2014, currently in postproduction]), and four Melbourne theatre productions. Recently he was nominated for a 2015 Green Room Award for his work on Thérèse Raquin. De Groot is currently working on a one voice opera based on the 18-hour video diaries of Björk Stalker Ricardo Lopez.

In addition to de Groot's composition pursuits he performs as a free music improviser at venues such as the Make It Up Club (Melbourne), NoizeMaschin!! and Club Zho (Perth).

Christopher de Groot — current to August 2015

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2010 Western Australian Screen Awards Nominated Esoterica

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
The River (dramatic music) (2016) Commissioned by Red Stitch Theatre Company
Mutant telescope : for solo cimbalom (2012) Commissioned by Joshua Webster.
Agerasia : electroacoustic (2011) Commissioned by Tura New Music, Decibel.
Esoterica (film/tv soundtrack) (2010) Commissioned by Nakatomi Pictures