Andrew Ford : Represented Artist
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Artist website: http://www.andrewford.net.au/
Andrew Ford is a composer, writer and broadcaster and has won awards in all three capacities. Born in Liverpool, England in 1957, he was educated at the University of Lancaster. He came to Australia in 1983.
Ford has composed orchestral and chamber music, operas and music-theatre pieces, and a wide range of vocal and solo instrumental works. His music has been featured internationally at festivals in Adelaide, Aspen, Ferrara, Houston, Huddersfield, Istanbul, Kuhmo, Seoul, Sydney and at Salzburg's Aspekte. All the major Australian orchestras have played his works, along with groups such as the London Sinfonietta, the Australia Ensemble, Het Trio, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble and the Black Dyke Band. His piano pieces have been played by Peter Donohoe, Lisa Moore, Gerard Willems and Michael Kieran Harvey, his vocal music sung by Sarah Leonard, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Yvonne Kenny and, above all, Gerald English, for whose voice Ford composed a dozen pieces.
Ford's music has won national and international awards. He has been composer in residence with the Australian Chamber Orchestra (1992 - 94), the Australian National Academy of Music (2009) and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music (2009). He was the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composer Fellow (1998 - 2000) and Australia Council Music fellow (2005 - 06), during which period he composed, among other works, Scenes from Bruegel, jointly commissioned by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and the New Juilliard Ensemble, and first performed by the latter at Alice Tully Hall, New York in April 2006.
Recent works include a symphony for the Orchestra of the Australian National Academy of Music under Brett Dean (2008); an opera Rembrandt's Wife (libretto by Sue Smith) for Victorian Opera (Green Room Award for Best Opera 2010); Blitz for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (2011); string quartets for the Brodsky Quartet, the Noise, the Australian String Quartet, and the Flinders Quartet; a song cycle, Last Words, for Jane Sheldon and the Seraphim Trio (2014 Art Music Award); a Missa Brevis (2015) commissioned by four Australian cathedrals; and the electric guitar concerto, Raga (2015), for Zane Banks and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
Beyond composing, Ford has been an academic (on the Faculty of Creative Arts at the University of Wollongong from 1983 - 1995) and given lectures in the USA, Europe and Asia. In 1998 he won the Geraldine Pascall Prize for critical writing. Ford wrote and presented the ABC radio series Illegal Harmonies (first heard in 1997), Dots on the Landscape (2001), Music and Fashion (2005), The Sound of Pictures (2010) and Earth Dances (2015). He has also written eight books and, since 1995, presented The Music Show each weekend on ABC Radio National.
Andrew Ford — current to November 2015
Awards & Prizes
|2014||Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Instrumental||Finalist||String quartet No 5|
|2014||Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Vocal/Choral||Winner||Last words|
|2013||Paul Lowin Orchestral Prize||Highly Commended||Blitz|
|2013||Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Orchestral||Finalist||Blitz|
|2013||Paul Lowin Song Cycle Prize||Highly Commended||Willow songs|
|2012||Albert H Maggs Composition Award||First prize||Rauha|
|2011||Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Orchestral||Finalist||A dream of drowning|
|2005||Classical Music Awards - Vocal or Choral Work of the Year||Winner||Tales of the supernatural|
|2004||Paul Lowin Song Cycle Prize||Winner||Learning to howl|
|2004||Classical Music Awards - Best Composition by an Australian Composer||Winner||Learning to howl|
|2002||Jean Bogan Prize for Piano Composition||Winner||The waltz book|
|Missa brevis : SATB choir with organ (2015)||Commissioned by St John's Cathedral, Brisbane, St Stephen's Cathedral, Brisbane, St George's Cathedral, Perth, St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne and Father Arthur E Bridge for Ars Musica Australis|
|Common ground : for two string quartets (2014)||Commissioned by Barbara Blackman for performance by Canberra International Music Festival.|
|Scherzo perpetuo : string quartet (2014)||Commissioned by Flinders Quartet.|
|Last words : soprano with ensemble (2013)||Commissioned by Jane Sheldon.|
|Australian aphorisms : for six voices (2013)||Commissioned with financial assistance from Father Arthur E. Bridge for Ars Musica Australis, Greg Dickson and Penny LeCouteur, Barbara Blackman, Penny Lee, Janne Ryan, David Sidebottom and Daphne Sivasubramaniam.|
|Once upon a time there were two brothers... : for solo flute and speaking voice (2013)||Commissioned under the terms of the Albert H Maggs Award.|
Analysis & Media
- Article: Untamed melodies at the frontiers of sound
- Program note: Andrerw Ford The Laughter of Mermaids 1991
- Article: Art Imitates Life
- Document: Harbour Noise is a Fatal Distraction
- Review: The Song Company
- Program note: Fast Talking: The Last Words of Dutch Schultz
- Program note: The Laughter of Mermaids (1990)
- Video: The Waltz Book Interview - Part 1
- Video: The Waltz Book Interview - Part 2
- Article: Sound Harvest: David Lumsdaine’s 'White Dawn' and 'Big Meeting'
by Andrew Ford
Published in The Monthly, July 2011, No. 69
- Program note: Andrew Ford's "Swansong"
by Andrew Ford
Source: the score of this work