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Trevor Pearce : Represented Artist

Random Audio Sample: Deserts I : percussion quartet by Trevor Pearce, from the CD Anthology of Australian music


Photo of Trevor Pearce

Date of Birth: 25th March, 1954

Born in Windsor, NSW, Trevor Pearce studied at the University of Sydney for a combined B.A./B.Mus. degree. Graduating from the Arts degree in 1978, he completed an Honours year in composition, which he had studied with Ross Edwards and Peter Sculthorpe, and graduated from his B.Mus. in 1979. He was awarded the University Medal and the Sarah Makinson Prize for Composition on graduation. In previous years Pearce had also won the Frank Albert Memorial Prize and the Ignaz Friedman Memorial Prize. A Rotary Scholarship to Sussex University, awarded in 1980, enabled him to continue his studies in composition under Jonathan Harvey at Sussex University.

In 1981 Pearce took up a position as a lecturer at the NSW Conservatorium of Music. He received a National Composer Fellowship from the Music Board of the Australia Council in 1985, which allowed him to spend a period of time working and doing research in Italy.

He has written music to commission for such ensembles as Synergy and the Seymour Group, as well as solo artists and orchestras. His output includes vocal works, electronic tape compositions, soundtracks for film and dance, and soundscapes and experimental productions for radio. Pearce's Interiors was chosen to represent Australia in the World Music Days held in Austria in 1982.

Pearce has a strong interest in the study of the contemporary music of urban Aboriginal people.


Biography provided by the composer — current to September 2005

Teacher/Influence on

Peter McNamara (1999 - current)