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May Lyon : Associate Artist

I cannot imagine life without music, in all its various, beautiful forms. I see music as one of the markers for a healthy society, as well as being fascinated with its diversity. I wish to add to that. For me, to create music is part of being human.

Photo of May Lyon

Photo: Ben Bligh

Artist website: http://maylyon.com

May Lyon is a Melbourne-based composer whose music explores themes from deep human emotions, history and mythology, through to mathematical concepts, as well as the lighter side of life. Stylistically eclectic, Lyon's compositions move from dramatic and intense, to quirky. Emotion, precision, duality and rhythm are all strong recurring elements.

Recently Lyon's work has been performed by Syzygy Ensemble (Ode to Damascus and Neheh), Zelman Symphony Orchestra and Kat Tsyrlin (Nornir Concerto), and members of Rubiks Collective (On the Inside). Recent commissions have included the Melbourne Recital Centre 'Local Heroes' program / University of Melbourne, and the Macedon Music Glen Johnson Award. Past collaborations have been with multi-arts organisation Forest Collective, a cappella group Icon Trio, and the Melbourne Women's Choir, among others. At present May is working on her first opera.

In 2016 - 2017 Lyon is studying a Master of Music as a recipient of the Fay Marles Scholarship at the University of Melbourne under the guidance of Katy Abbott Kvasnica. While completing an undergraduate part-time, studying with Stuart Greenbaum and Elliott Gyger, Lyon was a recipient of the Victor Fox Foundation from 2009-12, and received the Adolf Spivakovsky Scholarship for Composition of Music for the a cappella work verse re-rhymes, which was premiered by Ensemble 21. In 2010 Lyon's short and quirky cello duo, Bugs, was premiered as part of 'Live at the Convent' at 3MBS by Alister Barker and Chien-Hsiu Ong.


May Lyon — current to February 2017