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John Polglase : Represented Artist

Random Audio Sample: Variations on a theme of Bela Bartok : for solo piano by John Polglase, from the CD little variation

Photo of John Polglase

Photo: Michael Lim

Date of Birth: 28th January, 1959


Academic Studies:

Completing Degree for Master of Music (Composition) at Adelaide University, supervised by Graeme Koehne and Richard Meale.

Bachelor of Music, First Class Honours (Composition) - Adelaide University.

Bachelor of Music (Composition) - Adelaide University.

Certificate of Advanced Music - Flinders Street TAFE School of Music.

Certificate of Music Performance (Piano) - Flinders Street TAFE School of Music.
1976 Matriculated - Norwood High School.



'Leonardo Prize' First prize: String Trio.
Recipient of an Australia Council Fellowship.

Participant, National Orchestral Composers School.

South Australian Young Composers Competition:
First prize, Solo Music Section: Rikuri for solo flute.
Honourable Mention, Chamber Music: Suite for fl, cl, vn, pno.

Participant, National Orchestral Composers School.

Awarded Commonwealth Government Postgraduate Research Award in Music.

Alex Burnard Scholarship for Honours Composition.

Australian Society for Music in Education: Young Composers Competition:
First Prize, Chamber Music Section: Quintet.
First Prize, School Music Section: for Concert Band.

Dr Ruby Davies Prize for Composition.
Australian Society for Music in Education: Young Composers Competition:
First Prize, Solo Music Section: 8 Bagatelles for Solo Piano.


Other Studies:

String quartet workshop with the Australian String Quartet: String Quartet No.2.

National Orchestral Composers School with Richard Mills, Carl Vine and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra: Drive.

National Orchestral Composers School with Dobbs Franks, Richard Meale and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra: Sinfonia.
String quartet workshop with the Arioso String Quartet: String Quartet No.1.

Observer, National Orchestral Composers School.

Young Composers workshop with Brian Howard and the Seymour Group: Quintet.


Teaching Experience:

University of South Australia:
Music 1 and Music 2: School of Arts and International Studies.

Flinders University:
Analysis, Music of the Stage 1850-1950, Art History.

Guest lecturer at Adelaide University English Department:
Modern American Literature seminar.

Adelaide University Department of Music Studies:
Harmony, Theory and 20th Century Composition Techniques.
Other subjects taught include:
Piano Music of Robert Schumann.
Brahms' Orchestral and Chamber Music.
History of Music II.

Visiting lecturer at Flinders Street School of Music TAFE.

Biography provided by the composer

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Shining, unbreakable : for violin and piano Commissioned by Kevin Rooney, in memory of Gertie Rooney
Digital sheet music sample Song of stone : full orchestra Composed for the Schueler Composition Award 2006, with funds generously donated by Norman and Carol Schueler, and in honour of Mrs Gogo Schueler
Digital sheet music sample Trio no.7 : for violin, B flat clarinet and piano (2016) Commissioned by Plexus Ensemble.
Digital sheet music sample With bells and bright steel : for solo piano (2006) Commissioned by Gil Sullivan.
Upon construction : full orchestra (2000) One of a series of fanfares commissioned to mark the Centenary of Federation.
Digital sheet music sample Rhapsody : for solo cello, harp and string orchestra (1993) Composed through the assistance of a Composer Fellowship from the Performing Arts Board of the Australia Council