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Nicole Murphy : Associate Artist


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Brisbane-based composer Nicole Murphy completed undergraduate studies at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University under the direction of Gerard Brophy. During this time she was the recipient of various awards, including the A.G. Francis Prize for Composition (2001), the Inaugural Alan Lane Award for Composition (2004), and the Inaugural Collusion/QCGU Composition Prize, for her setting of Australian writer John Tranter's work The Moment of Waking (2004). She graduated in 2004 with First Class Honours.

Murphy is currently completing postgraduate studies in composition with Dr Gerardo DiriƩ and completing research under Dr Scott Harrison. Her research centres on effective models for teaching composition, which is closely linked to her role as a presenter of Musica Viva's professional development courses in composition for teachers and her role as Composer-in-Residence at the Queensland Academy for Creative Industries.

Murphy's works have been performed both within Australia and internationally. Her collaboration with choreographer Timothy Harbour was programmed in the Australian Ballet's 2006 season of BodyTorque: Face the Music in Sydney. In 2007 Border was commissioned by the Cybec Foundation and premiered by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2008.

In 2010 Nicole Murphy participated in Symphony Services Australia/Orchestra Victoria's Composer Development Program and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra's Australian Composers' School, under the tutelage of Andrew Ford, James Ledger and Dr Richard Mills AM. She is currently participating in the Halcyon's inaugural First Stones Composer Project, under the direction of Elliott Gyger and the 2011 Ku-Ring-Gai Philharmonic Composer Workshops, with guidance from Robert Davidson.

Recently Murphy was commissioned by the Definiens Project (Los Angeles), after being awarded first place in the C3 International Composers Competition and is currently writing a new work for Ars Nova that will premiere at the Dallas Festival of Modern Music in November 2011.


Nicole Murphy — current to September 2011

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Untangled : sextet (2011) Composed for the 2011 Dallas Festival of Modern Music