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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), President of the Melbourne Composers' League, as well as Honorary Fellow at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

Composition awards include the 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 the 'Compulsory Chilean Work to be Performed by all Competitors' of the 2011 Concurso Internacional de Ejecución Musical 'Dr. Luis Sigall', 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 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 à Paris (Paris, France), and the 22nd, 26th and 27th ACL Conference & Festival 2002, 2007 and 2009 (Korea and New Zealand). His music has also been performed in over thirty countries by orchestras and ensembles that include the Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, Orchestra Victoria, The Louisville Orchestra (USA), Orquestra Petrobrás Sinfônica (Brazil), Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico), Orquesta de Cámara de Chile (Chile), Orquesta de Cámara de Valdivia (Chile), La Chapelle Musicale de Tournai (Belgium), Oare String Orchestra (UK), Ónix Ensamble (Mexico), Ensamble Contemporáneo (Chile), Quinteto CEAMC (Argentina), Sonemus Ensemble (Bosnia-Herzegovina), Sori Ensemble (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 April 2012

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Iluminismo : concertino-doppio for alto saxophone, harp and string orchestra (2013) Commissioned by the American Harp Society, Inc. New York, NY for performance by Pictures on Silence and the Houston Composers’ Orchestra (Houston, Texas, USA)
Un brillo en la oscuridad : for piano trio (2013) Commissioned by Firebird Trio.
Digital sheet music sample Luz meridional : twenty-four études for pianoforte (2012) Commissioned as part of a 2009 State Library of Victoria Creative Fellowship
Esprit de la lune : for soprano saxophone and organ (2012) Commissioned by Noah Getz, Heinrich Christensen.
Die kunst der zahlen : (The art of numbers), étude for chamber orchestra (2012) Commissioned by the Orquesta de Cámara de Valdivia (Valdivia, Chile) with funds provided by the Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes (Santiago, Chile)
Tango pour un Argentin à Brême : for pianoforte (2012) Composed for Argentinean pianist Juan María Solare and the 2012 Vox Novus ‘Fifteen Minutes of Fame: Modern Tangos’ project.