David Hush : Associate Artist
Artist website: http://www.hushedition.com
David Hush was born in Bristol, England. He was educated at Clifton College, the University of Sydney and Princeton University.
Hush's music, that spans solo instrumental, chamber ensemble, orchestral and choral idioms, has been performed, recorded and broadcast on five continents.
Hush has received fellowships and awards from inter alia, Princeton University, the Hinrichsen Foundation, and the New Jersey State Council of 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 received two premieres by the Orana Trio 15 July 2010. Scored for piano, flute and bassoon the works were Prelude and Fugue and Chronicles. The premieres were given in a concert that formed part of the 2010 Sydney Cancer Conference hosted by the University of Sydney. The 'darkness' of the Prelude (C minor) followed by the 'light' of the Fugue (C Major) has a special relevance to a conference devoted to finding a cure for cancer.
Hush's Sonata as recorded by renowned authority on Australian piano music Jeanell Carrigan was included as part of her new CD, Narratives and Detours, released by the Australian Music Centre in 2012.
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 June 2013