Daniel Rojas : Represented Artist
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Daniel Omar Rojas was born in Chile. From an early age he was taught piano and singing by his mother, an amateur Peruvian folk singer, and improvised short pieces at the piano. Rojas migrated to Australia with his family as a child where his formal studies in piano, violin and music theory began. Throughout his musical development, Rojas cultivated an interest in the music of various cultures and focused particular attention on Peruvian Indigenous and folk music and other Latin American traditions. His interest across a range of genres led him to perform with a number of classical and ethnic music ensembles. He has also performed solo piano concerts in Australia, Asia, and South America.
In 1995, Rojas began a Bachelor of Music (Composition) degree at the University of Sydney where he graduated with First Class Honours and was awarded the University Medal. He was awarded a Master of Music (Hons) from the same institution and is currently enrolled in a PhD in Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. His composition mentors have included Ross Edwards, Anne Boyd, Matthew Hindson, Ann Carr-Boyd, Colin Offord, Ian Shanahan, Richard Meale and Edward Primrose. Research into various Latin-American popular, folk and indigenous musical traditions inform the musical and aesthetic content of Rojas's compositional output.
Rojas has won several first prizes including the Fellowship of Australian Composers Award, Frank Albert Prize, the Miriam Hyde Memorial Award, and the Keys National Piano Composition Competition with Danza de Montañas. As a younger composer he was one of three participants in the prestigious Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's 21st Century Young Composers program and has since received commissions from numerous orchestras, ensembles and solo artists. Amongst Rojas's most recent works is his Piano Concerto No. 2 which was commissioned by Ars Musica Australis and performed by Konstantin Shamrai, winner of the 2008 Sydney International Piano Competition, and the Sydney Youth Orchestra.
His musical experience extends to composing and conducting for film, and as a music educator. Currently, Rojas teaches at the University of Sydney and is composer in residence at International Grammar School and Riverview College.
Daniel Rojas — current to January 2011
||of magic and realism (duos: recorder, percussion) (2017)||Commissioned by Duo Blockstix.|
|Happenstance and the Muse (quintets: flute, clarinet, viola, harp, piano) (2017)||Commissioned by Hourglass Ensemble.|
|Concerto for marimba and chamber orchestra (marimba with chamber orchestra) youth orchestra (2013)||Commissioned by The Metropolitan Orchestra, Claire Edwardes, Sarah-Grace Williams.|
|Danzas amorosas : for octet (2010)||Commissioned for Kammer Ensemble.|
|Apertura dura hervida : Hard-boiled overture (2008)||Commissioned by Ars Musica Australis for performance by Omega Ensemble.|
|Soltura : for clarinet and string quartet (2007)||Commissioned by Fellows of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.|