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Iain Grandage : Represented Artist

Random Audio Sample: Halcyon : orchestra by Iain Grandage, from the CD Luminosity

Photo of Iain Grandage

Artist website: http://www.iaingrandage.com

Iain Grandage composes, conducts and performs. He has received the prestigious Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award, and the Ian Potter Emerging Composer Fellowship, and been composer-in-residence with the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra, and musician-in-residence at the UWA School of Music, where he is currently an Honorary Research Fellow.

Iain's concert works have been performed by the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Brodsky Quartet, the Australian String Quartet, Australian Brass Quintet, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Sara Macliver, Craig Ogden and choirs and orchestras around Australia. Recent highlights include the Victorian Opera production, in 2014, of his opera The Riders, based on the Tim Winton novel with libretto by Alison Croggon. The Riders was described by Michael Shmith (The Age ), as '…an opera of rare dramatic power, utmost musicality and first-rate performances' and by Peter Burch (The Australian) '.. a bewitching jewel of contemporary music theatre'. Peter Rose of the Australian Book Review wrote, 'The real star of the night was Grandage's radiant new score'.

For the ANZAC Centenary, Iain conducted the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in the critically and publically acclaimed world premiere performance of his oratorio Towards First Light, written with Kate Mulvany. 'Grandage shows us intimacy, vulnerability, inspiration, comfort and desolation in this exceptional piece', wrote Gordon Forrester (Limelight), while Graeme Strahle (The Australian) wrote: 'this was a memorable world premiere of a major new Australian work. Grandage conducted a polished Adelaide Symphony Orchestra with tremendous flair and energy.'

His compositions for the theatre include Helpmann Award-winning scores for Cloudstreet, The Secret River, When Time Stops and (in collaboration with Kate Miller-Heidke) The Rabbits, and the and Green Room Award-winning scores for The Riders, Lawn, In the Next Room, Babes in the Wood, The Odyssey and The Blue Room for theatre companies including Belvoir, Black Swan, Malthouse, MTC and STC.

As music director, he has won Helpmann Awards for his work with Meow Meow on the Malthouse/Sydney Festival production Little Match Girl, and with the cast on Sydney Theatre Company's The Secret River. He won Green Room Awards for his work with ANAM and Meow on Wunderschon, and with Meow and Malthouse on Vamp. He has conducted orchestras for Gurrumul and Tim Minchin and led a revival of Shane Warne The Musical for the 2013 Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

Most recently, he was music director and arranger for Opera Australia's critically lauded new opera The Rabbits by Kate Miller-Heidke and Lally Katz. Iain has worked as musical supervisor and arranger for the Black Arm Band on their award-winning performances Hidden Republic, dirtsong and Seven Songs­; and collaborated with Steve Pigram, Mark Atkins and Richard Tognetti on the ACO's multimedia presentation The Reef. He was music director and arranger for Eddie Perfect's Songs from the Middle with the Brodsky Quartet and ANAM, broadcast on ABC in 2011.

Future work includes commissions from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Katie Noonan with the Brodsky String Quartet, and collaborations with Kate Miller-Heidke and Tim Minchin.

Iain Grandage — current to August 2015

Studied with

Roger Smalley (1989 - 1992)


Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2015 Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Vocal/Choral Winner The Riders
2012 Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Vocal/Choral Finalist Blackwood
2009 Ian Potter Music Commission Emerging Composer Fellowship $20,000 to produce chamber music series Indian Ocean Songs
2009 Classical Music Awards - Best Composition by an Australian Composer Finalist Black dogs
2002 Helpmann Awards Winner, Best Original Score Cloudstreet

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Suspended : orchestra Commissioned by HUSH Music Foundation.
Sleep (mezzo-soprano with full orchestra) Commissioned by Symphony Australia as part of the 2004 Composer Attachment Program with WASO
Night after bushfire (soprano with string quartet) Commissioned by Katie Noonan.
The rabbits : opera Commissioned by Perth International Arts Festival and Melbourne Festival
Digital sheet music sample Dances with devils : Concerto for percussion and orchestra (2015) Commissioned by Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Digital sheet music sample Towards first light : an Anzac requiem, for soprano, baritone, chorus and orchestra (2015) Commissioned by the Government of South Australia through the efforts of The Hon. Mike Rann, to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the ANZAC Gallipoli landings of 25th April 1915

Analysis & Media

Kit: Wheatbelt : music study guide / music by Iain Grandage ; study guide by Lorraine Milne.

- Document: Profile – Iain Grandage

- Article: Scored in black and white