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Calogero Panvino : Associate Artist

To compose is to intentionally challenge oneself in an aesthetically oriented medium on matters of spiritual, personal, social or intellectual concern, while trying to retain the identity of the creative ego.

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Calogero Panvino was born in Sydney in 1972. His school years were almost totally devoid of any musical training, and it was not until he started university (enrolled in a science degree) that he started taking an interest in classical music. It was around this time that he also started to learn to read music and play the piano.

Having completed the science degree, Panvino entered the workforce. However, a couple of years later he returned to Sydney University where he completed a Bachelor of Music Degree and a Master Degree in composition. His principal teachers were Kirsty Beilharz, Ian Shanahan and Bozidar Kos. During this time he was awarded the Doris Burnett Ford Scholarship for composition, and the Italian Government Scholarship, Albert Travelling Scholarship and Sydney Moss Scholarship, which enabled him to carry out research in Italy on the music of Giacinto Scelsi.

In 2006, Panvino's composition Sonata 101 received an honourable mention in the Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award Competition and his orchestral composition, Race Against Time, won the 3MBS National Composer Award.

Panvino is currently working on a PhD at Sydney Conservatorium of Music under the supervision of Michael Smetanin. His compositions to date include numerous works for solo piano, a set of fifteen pieces for unaccompanied oboe (performed on the ABC FM program, New Music Up Late on 03/03/2007), a percussion sextet, a string quartet and several works for the orchestra.

Biography provided by the composer — current to September 2008