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Stephen Lalor : Represented Artist

Random Audio Sample: Kavkaz : string ensemble by Stephen Lalor, from the CD Troika

Photo of Stephen Lalor

Photo: Antoinette Mulders


Stephen Lalor studied at the University of New South Wales (MMus) and the Tchaikovsky Conservatorium in Kiev where he undertook postgraduate studies in composition with Prof. Gennady Lyashenko, conducting and Russian mandolin/domra (with N.T. Lysenko). His studies in the USSR were supported by Australian and USSR government scholarships.

As a composer, his music covers a range of styles and genres, including opera, music theatre, musicals, ballet, film, choral, vocal, theme and instrumental music. It has been performed and/or commissioned by major bodies including Opera Australia, the Melbourne Festival, the Queensland Ballet and Opera House Choral Concerts, but his work sits outside the mainstream of Australian composition - due to his training being outside the Australian academic music system, and also because his extensive performing career across classical and world music brings a different approach.

A selection of Stephen Lalor's music is published in the USA and Europe by Drake Mabry Publishing, and distributed by CPEA Paris. Representative pieces are held in the collections of the Médiathèque Musicale Mahler (Paris) and the US Library of Congress.

His plucked-string music in particular is performed in Europe and North America as well as in Australia. Examples include German ensemble Trio Magique (CD Triptych), UK-based Duo Mandala and the American/Italian Trio 868.

Recent performances of his work have ranged from the carillon arrangement of his Spiral at the University of Sydney (2010) and string quartet pieces played by the Chanterelle String Quartet in the SSO Chamber Music series, ABC Sunday Live and other concerts, to performances by the Volatinsky Trio, Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra, Providence Mandolin Orchestra (USA) and Plektra.

In 2003/4 Stephen Lalor was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to research the creation and delivery of popular and world music courses in European conservatoriums and universities.

A plucked string specialist, Stephen Lalor has been the Guest Principal Mandolinist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra since the mid-1990s, featuring as solo mandolinist on CD releases of the Mahler Symphonies and Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet (SSO/Ashkenazy) and Gelmetti's Cantata Della Vita. As well as playing with other Australian orchestras (Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra, Orchestras Victoria) he has also performed and toured with orchestras in Asia - notably the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Singapore Symphony and the Malaysian Philharmonic.

He has performed with a range of groups and ensembles over the past two decades: with SSO principal harpist Louise Johnson (for ABC Classics and ABC radio), the Volatinsky Trio (eg WOMADELAIDE 2013, Perth International Festival 2014; CD Troika distributed through Planet/MGM), the Karpatsky Guitars (2004 Sydney Festival), the 101 Candles Orkestra (2005 Montreux Jazz Festival) and the Uzunstein Chamber Orchestra. In 2010 he performed a concert of his own music at the BDZ Eurofest - Europe's major mandolin and guitar festival - the only Australian to have been invited to do so. He returns to Germany in May/June 2014 for the BDZ festival as a soloist and also as conducor of the Australis Ensemble. In recent years he has performed his music in solo recitals from Sydney to Moscow, and feaured on several CD release of his own music and with other groups.

Stephen Lalor has also performed and recorded with Aboriginal groups including the Stiff Gins and the Black Turtles. Former Head of Contemporary Performance at the Australian Institute of Music, he is on the staff of Sydney's Eora Centre for Aboriginal Studies, Visual & Performing Arts in Sydney.

Stephen Lalor — current to February 2014

Analysis & Media

- Video: Ballade and Autostrada waltz

- Video: Trio "Campanella" by Stephen Lalor.