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Gordon Kerry : Represented Artist

Random Audio Sample: Heart's-clarion (trumpet with string orchestra) by Gordon Kerry, from the CD Harvesting the solstice thunders


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

In 2009 Gordon Kerry was awarded an Established Composer fellowship from the Ian Potter Cultural Trust, with which to compose new works for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Chamber Choir, Bendigo Symphony Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and complete a new opera with playwright Louis Nowra. 2009 also saw the publication of his New Classical Music: Composing Australia, which examines aspects of Australian music over the last 30 years.

Other recent works include a completion of Mozart's Requiem for ABC Classic FM; string quartets for ensembles in Australia, the UK and the Netherlands, and Clouds and Trumpets for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's centenary. In 2008 he was composer in residence at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne.

He has composed orchestral music for the ABC, BBC, Symphony Australia, and several youth orchestras; chamber music for ensembles in Australia, Britain, Germany, the USA, Sweden and Russia and for Musica Viva Australia; choral works for Gondwana Voices, Sydney Philharmonia, the Choir of Ormond College, the Prague Chamber Choir and the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic.

Medea, to Justin Macdonnell's libretto and featuring Merlyn Quaife, has been performed in Australia and the USA by Chamber Made Opera and in Germany by the Berliner Kammeroper and is now available on ABC Classics.

Kerry's involvement with local musicians in north-eastern Victoria and the NSW Riverina has produced new works for Opera in the Alps, the Murray Conservatorium Choir and Orchestra and the Riverina Summer School for Strings.

Gordon Kerry studied composition with Barry Conyngham and has held fellowships from the Australia Council, Peggy Glanville-Hicks Trust and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He is an experienced arts administrator and critic and lives on a hill in north-eastern Victoria.


Gordon Kerry — current to February 2010

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Aroona dawning : for piano quintet (2013) Commissioned by Denise and John Elkins in association with Musica Viva Australia
Digital sheet music sample String quintet (quintets: 2 violins, 2 violas, cello) (2012) Commissioned by Kim Williams for performance by Musica Viva Australia.
Digital sheet music sample River music : for solo piano (2012) Commissioned by Mildura Rural City Council for the opening and dedication of Mildura Arts Centre.
Digital sheet music sample Captain Flinders' musick : concerto for flute and small orchestra (2011) Commissioned through the Ian Potter Cultural Trust's Established Composer Fellowship
Digital sheet music sample The Lake Isle of Innisfree : for soprano and piano (2011) Commissioned by David Garrett, and Denis and Dolores Lenihan to celebrate the fiftieth birthday of Siobhan Lenihan
Digital sheet music sample Symphony : full orchestra (2010) Commissioned as part of the Ian Potter Cultural Trust Established Composer Fellowship

Analysis & Media

- Document: A text in mind Gordon Kerry’s works often take their titles from literature. He talks here to Gordon Williams.

- Program note: Barry Conyngham's "Monuments"

- Article: Dawn of a new world symphony

- Video: Gordon Kerry Insights: Variations for String Quartet