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Eve Duncan : Represented Artist

Behind the material world one senses a deeper world of inspiration, mathematics, spiritual beings, living physical and psychological archetypes; a living, breathing reality of invisibility. Music is how I swim through this sea of complex activity, trying to understand what influences human, animal and mineral evolution.

Random Audio Sample: Dragonfly, butterfly, mosquito : percussion quartet by Eve Duncan, from the CD Rear vision

Photo of Eve Duncan

Photo: Siri Hayes

Eve Duncan gained a Master of Music degree at the University of Melbourne, studying with Brenton Broadstock, and Honours in Music Composition at Latrobe University with Anthony Briggs. Her composition awards include the International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition (Greece), Recital Music Double Bass Composition Competition (England), and the International Modern Music Award for Composition (Vienna), APRA Composition Award and the International Modern Music Award for Composition (Vienna). She was Composer of Honour at the Australian Composers Series XVIII at Monash University in 2010.

She recently composed The Aspern Papers, an opera based upon Henry James's story, with a libretto by David Malouf. The overture, 'Approaching Venice', was performed as a symphonic work in Manila in November 2015.

Eve Duncan's music has been performed at the 17th, 18th, 24th and 28th Asian Composers League Conference and Festival (Thailand, the Philippines, Israel, Korea), the 1999 ISCM Festival (Romania), Asian Music Week (Japan), International Week of New Music (Bucharest), Meetings of New music (Braila), Virginia Woolf International Seminar (Colorado), Music of the Whole World Festival (Switzerland), and the IAWM Festival (Korea).

Her art gallery works include Four Blackboard Pieces, commissioned for the Joseph Beuys and Rudolf Steiner Blackboard Exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, Dredge with photographer Siri Hayes (Linden Gallery, Gallerysmith, Sea of Dreams, Port Phillip Bay 1915 - 2013 Part Two, Mornington Peninsular Regional Art Gallery, Latrobe Regional Gallery).

Her CDs Butterfly Modernism, Curiosities and Recorded Messages: Violin are available on the Move label.

She is currently an Executive Committee member of the Asian Composers League and Chairman of the Melbourne Composers League.

Eve Duncan — current to 2015

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Buddha fantasy : guitar solo Commissioned by Stefan Feingold.
The bee dance (solo vibraphone) Commissioned by Peter Neville.
Exusiai : organ solo Composed at the request of Michael Kurtz, Goethaenum, Switzerland
Butterfly modernism : for piano quintet (2011) Commissioned by Arts Victoria.
The Butterfly House : piano quintet (2011) Commissioned by Arts Victoria.
Time and the tides : percussion quartet (2009) Commissioned as a piece for 'Dredge' a collaboration with photographer Siri Hayes which explores the layers raised by the issue of dredging in Port Phillip and Westernport Bays

Analysis & Media

- Program note: Eve Duncan's "Below the Star Stretched Sky"

- Program note: Eve Duncan's "The Submerged City"