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David Hush : Associate Artist

Far from viewing the role of performers as solely technical, Hush sees collaboration between composer and performer as a collaboration of artists...

Random Audio Sample: Sinfonia : for violin solo by David Hush, from the CD Nesia

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

After completing undergraduate degrees in Arts and Music at the University of Sydney, David Hush was the first Australian to be awarded a Graduate Fellowship in Music at Princeton. While at Princeton he studied with the influential composer and theorist Milton Babbitt, earning a Master of Fine Arts and a PhD. After completing his PhD, Hush remained in Princeton until 1993, when he returned to Australia and took up a composer residency at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Hush has written works spanning solo instrumental, chamber ensemble, choral and orchestral idioms that have been performed, recorded and broadcast in North and South America, the UK, Europe, Australia and South Korea.

Hush has received fellowships and awards from, inter alia, Princeton University, the Hinrichsen Foundation, and the New Jersey State Council On the Arts. In addition, he has received the Ignaz Friedman Prize, was named the first recipient of the Schoenberg Award in 1984, and has received numerous awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Hush's Sonata for Violin Solo was recorded by the American violinist Zina Schiff as the centrepiece of King David's Lyre, the disc released in celebration of Jerusalem's 3,000th anniversary.

He is currently composer in residence with the Orana Trio, who have recorded his music for broadcast and internet streaming on ABC Classic FM.

Endorsing a non-elitist view of contemporary classical music, Hush is devoted to writing music that may be performed by young musicians at secondary and tertiary levels.

As a pianist Hush has transcribed and recorded two of Bach's Solo Cello Suites. A video of his recording of the Fifth Suite (Prelude) was posted to YouTube in 2010. This transcription draws upon the autograph of Bach's Lute Suite in addition to the solo cello score.

Hush's Sonata, recorded by renowned authority on Australian piano music Jeanell Carrigan, was included as part of her CD, Narratives and Detours, released by the Australian Music Centre in 2012.

May 28 2013 witnessed a symbolic handshake between music and science in Australia with the world premieres of two works by Hush at the Australian Academy of Science. Celtic Runes and Largo were performed by Virginia Taylor (flute) and Kristen Sutcliffe (bassoon) from the ANU School of Music and were presented by Professor Suzanne Cory, AC, President of the Academy.

Hush writes:

'Far from viewing the role of performers as solely technical, I see collaboration between composer and performer as a collaboration of artists. If the performer is an artist, he or she will confer on a piece an interpretation that is unique. I learn a great deal from such interpretation. I learn not only about the piece at issue but also about more general possibilities of creating with sounds.'

David Hush — current to April 2014