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Andrián Pertout : Represented Artist

...The intellectual challenge may satisfy me on the surface, but when I compose a piece that moves the spirit, whether intellectually charged or not, I am truly satisfied.

Random Audio Sample: Exposiciones : for toy piano and tape by Andrián Pertout, from the CD Uncaged toy piano

Photo of Andrián Pertout

Photo: Vandeer Toorren


Artist website: http://www.pertout.com

Andrián Pertout was born in Santiago, Chile, 17 October, 1963, and lived in Gorizia, Northern Italy for several years before finally settling in Melbourne, Australia in 1972. In 2007, he completed a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree at the University of Melbourne on Tweddle Trust, APA and MRS scholarships, studying composition under the guidance of Brenton Broadstock. He is currently the Australian Delegate of the ACL (Asian Composers' League), Honorary Fellow at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (University of Melbourne). Between 2009 and 2013 he was President of the Melbourne Composers' League. As well as being a freelance composer, he additionally works as composition lecturer, teacher, supervisor and examiner at the University of Melbourne at Bachelor, Master's and PhD levels.

Composition awards include the Boston Metro Opera Mainstage Award (USA), Jean Bogan Prize, 'John Cage Centennial' Wolf Museum of Music and Art Composition Prize (USA), Friends & Enemies of New Music Composition Prize (USA), International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition (Greece), Dorian Le Gallienne Composition Prize, Betty Amsden Award, Louisville Orchestra Prize (USA), Oare String Orchestra Judges' and Audience Prize (UK), Michelle Morrow Memorial Award, and the Zavod Jazz/Classical Fusion Award.

He has received numerous commissions, including a Concertino-Doppio for alto saxophone, harp and string orchestra commissioned by the American Harp Society, Inc. New York, NY (USA), a new solo work for Paris-based pianist María Paz Santibañez (France), the 'Compulsory Chilean Work to be Performed by all Competitors' of the 2011 Concurso Internacional de Ejecución Musical 'Dr. Luis Sigall' (Chile), and a work for robot orchestra incorporating thirty-seven automats for the Logos Foundation Robot Orchestra (Belgium), as well as other works commissioned by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Chorale, Orquesta de Cámara de Valdivia (Chile), saxophonist Noah Getz (USA), toy pianist Phyllis Chen (USA), and Ensemble MD7 (Slovenia). Julian Burnside AO QC has additionally commissioned several works for performance by the University of Hong Kong Gamelan Orchestra and Australian pianist Michael Kieran Harvey. Film music commissions include works that have been written to accompany over twenty documentary and short films, television programs, as well as commercials, computer games and stage productions.

Pertout's music has received performances at festivals such as the ISCM World Music Days 2005, 2007 and 2010 (Croatia, Hong Kong and Australia), 33e Festival d'Automne á Paris (Paris, France), and the 22nd, 26th, 27th, 30th and 31st ACL Conference & Festival 2002, 2007, 2009, 2012 and 2013 (Korea, New Zealand, Israel and Singapore). His music has also been performed in over forty countries by orchestras, ensembles and performers that include the Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, Orchestra Victoria, the Louisville Orchestra (USA), Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra (Israel), Orquestra Petrobrás Sinfônica (Brazil), Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra (Vietnam), Orquestra Cia Bachiana Brasileira (Brazil), Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico), the Foundation Orchestra (USA), Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile and Concepción (Chile), Orquesta de Cámara de Chile and Valdivia (Chile), Logos Foundation Robot Orchestra (Belgium), University of Hong Kong Gamelan Orchestra (China), La Chapelle Musicale de Tournai (Belgium), Oare String Orchestra (UK), Noah Getz (USA), Phyllis Chen (USA), Michael Kieran Harvey, Ónix Ensamble (Mexico), Ensamble Contemporáneo (Chile), Ensemble MD7 (Slovenia), Quinteto CEAMC (Argentina), Sonemus Ensemble (Bosnia-Herzegovina), Ensemble TIMF (Korea), Omni Ensemble (USA), and the Ensemble für Neue Musik Zürich (Switzerland).

As a writer, Pertout has published over 400 articles in music publications such as Mixdown, Spanish Herald, Australian Musician, and the Sunday Herald Sun. His articles range from reviews of new musical technology, compact disc and book releases to interviews with prominent national and international artists, including Herbie Hancock, Steve Reich, Joe Satriani, Rick Wakeman and José Feliciano.

Andrián Pertout — current to May 2015

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2012 Jean Bogan Prize for Piano Composition Winner (Joint) Luz meridional
2007 Dorian le Gallienne Composition Award Recipient

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Tunnel vision : (A film by Ivan Hexter), for string orchestra, virtual analog synthesizer and drum loops (2016) Commissioned by Ivan Hexter for the film ‘Tunnel Vision’
Digital sheet music sample Elementa quinque : for fifteen to thirty flautists (2016) Composed for the Unbound Flute Festival (July 1-3, 2016, Brisbane) and the ‘SILVER SWARMS’ project
Digital sheet music sample Sonus dulcis : for clarinet, violin, viola, violoncello and pianoforte (2015) Arranged for Vera Koulkova and the Cuarteto Aurora (Mexico City, Mexico)
Digital sheet music sample Sonus dulcis : for saxophone quartet (2015) Arranged for Quarteto de Saxofones 4x4 (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – Felipe Amorim, Liana Magalhães, Marco Saldanha e Thiago Martins
Digital sheet music sample Angustam Amice : for a capella choir (SSAATTBB) (2015) Commissioned by Mario Dobernig and the Victoria Chorale in Celebration of Arvo Pärt’s 80th Birthday
Digital sheet music sample Angustam Amice : for choir (SATB) and string orchestra (2015) Commissioned by Mario Dobernig and the Victoria Chorale in Celebration of Arvo Pärt’s 80th Birthday