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Grahame Dudley : Represented Artist

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Grahame Dudley was born in Sydney in 1942. He began his studies at the NSW Conservatorium of Music with Raymond Hanson, and in Adelaide at the Elder Conservatorium with Peter Maxwell Davies under a scholarship. He later went to the UK for further studies with Peter Maxwell-Davies in composition and, on the continent, Pierre Boulez in conducting. As Director of the Cockpit Arts Centre in London, he directed and wrote a new musical ensemble, Music Plus.

He returned to Australia in 1974 and commenced teaching Music Education and Composition at Adelaide University. He was commissioned to write the youth opera The Snow Queen for the "Come Out" festival in 1985. This opera has been performed for seasons in Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne and Newcastle.

In 1990, Dudley formed the new music ensemble LIGHTS in Adelaide. With 27 performances by 15 Australian composers in the first year, the ensemble was presented with the 1991 Sounds Australian Composers' Award for the Most Distinguished Contribution to the Presentation of Australian New Music for a Group Resident in South Australia.

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