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Andrew Schultz : Represented Artist

My aim has been to find a poverty of means that is both elemental, broadly expressive and communicative. An ideal musical world for me is one in which to change a single note alters the balance and meaning of a piece.

Random Audio Sample: Journey to Horseshoe Bend : symphonic cantata for solo voices, narrators, choirs and orchestra by Andrew Schultz, from the CD Journey to Horseshoe Bend


Photo of Andrew Schultz

Photo: UNSW

Andrew Schultz was born in Adelaide in 1960 and grew up in regional NSW and Victoria before his family moved to Brisbane, where he completed school. He studied at the Universities of Queensland, Pennsylvania and King's College London where his teachers and mentors included Colin Brumby, George Crumb, David Lumsdaine and Luciano Berio. He has been the recipient of various awards in Australia and overseas, including Australia Council Fellowships, Fulbright Award, Commonwealth Scholarship, Paul Lowin Prize, Schueler Composition Award, Maggs Award and the APRA Award for Contemporary Classical Composition of the Year.

Andrew Schultz has written in most genres including large-scale symphonic and dramatic works. His orchestral music includes three symphonies. Symphony No. 1 In tempore stellae (1998) was premiered by the Melbourne Symphony and Chorale; Symphony No. 2 Ghosts of Reason (2008) by the Adelaide Symphony; and, Symphony No 3 Century (2012) was commissioned for the Canberra Symphony by the ACT Government for the Centenary of Canberra in 2013. Other orchestral works include The Devil's Music (1992) and Diver's Lament (1996) commissioned by the Sydney Symphony, Falling Man/Dancing Man (2005) commissioned by the Melbourne Symphony, Once upon a time… (2006) commissioned by the Queensland Symphony, and Endling (2007) commissioned by the Tasmanian Symphony. The acclaimed symphonic cantata Journey to Horseshoe Bend (2002-03, libretto by Gordon Kalton Williams after TGH Strehlow) was commissioned by Symphony Australia for the Sydney Symphony and Philharmonia Choirs.

His three operas have been presented live and on film internationally: Black River (1988, libretto by Julianne Schultz) was awarded the Australian National Composer Opera Award and, in its film version, the Grand-Prix, Opera Screen at Opéra-Bastille in Paris; Going into Shadows (2000, libretto by Julianne Schultz) was commissioned by the Guildhall School of Music, London and the Queensland Conservatorium of Music; The Children's Bach (2007, based on a novel by Helen Garner with libretto by Glenn Perry), was premiered by ChamberMade Opera in Melbourne. Another large-scale vocal work is a version of the Song of Songs (2004, text by Barry Hill), commissioned by ABC Radio and The Song Company. Other works for The Song Company include Ekstasis (1990) and Wild flower (2006). More recently, he has written Beach Burial for Sydney Philharmonia Choirs (2009), Magnificat (2009) for the Sydney Chamber Choir, Nunc Dimittis (2011) for the Brisbane Chamber Choir, and three song cycles, To the Evening Star (2009), Stille Sprache (2009) and I am writing in this book (2011).

Chamber works have also been widely performed, including Barren Grounds (1988), Dead Songs (1991), 12 Variations (1997), Tonic Continent (2000), The Meaning of Water (2006) and Clarinet Quintet (2010). The Australia Ensemble has commissioned two chamber music works - Circle Ground for septet (1995) and One Sound for flute and string quartet (2012). Recording releases include two CDs of orchestral music on the ABC Classics label, two volumes of chamber music on the Tall Poppies label, and a disc of vocal music on The Song Company's own label. Numerous recordings are available for download on iTunes and other digital platforms.

Andrew Schultz has held posts and residencies including Head of Composition and Music Studies at the Guildhall School of Music, London and Professor of Composition and Dean of Creative Arts at the University of Wollongong. He is currently Professor of Music and Head of the School of the Arts and Media at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. He has also served as Chair of the Arts NSW Music Committee, Chair of the Australian Music Centre Board, Editor of the Biographical Directory of Australian Composers and a tutor for the Australian Composers' Orchestral Forum and the Australian Composers' School.


Andrew Schultz — current to February 2013

Teacher/Influence on

David Chisholm

Alicia Grant (2003 - 2004)

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Sound lur and serpent, Op.98 : for brass and percussion (2014) Commissioned for the orchestra's 2014 tour of China.
Nocturnes and variations : for piano (2014) Commissioned by Stephen Emmerson.
Lake moonrise : for mezzo-soprano, clarinet in A, vibraphone and cello (2013) Written for Halcyon for the Kingfisher project in 2013
Peace, op. 93 : for orchestra (2013) Commissioned by Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
August offensive, op. 92 : for orchestra (2012) Commissioned for the Centenary of Gallipoli Symphony by Definitive Events, Canberra
One sound : quintet for flute and strings, opus 90 (2012) Commissioned by Australia Ensemble.

Analysis & Media

Kit: Four songs from 'Dead songs' : music resource kit / Nicole Saintilan.

Kit: Journey to Horseshoe Bend : teacher resource kit / music resource kit by Kim Waldock.

- Article: Composer Andrew Schultz gives Canberra a capital work

- Article: Scored in black and white

- Article: The Face - Ashleigh Wilson meets Andrew Schultz (composer)

- Document: Andrew Schultz's "Journey to Horseshoe Bend"

- Video: Wild Flower, by Andrew Schultz

- Video: David Robertson on Andrew Schultz' Sound Lur and Serpent

- Article: Town Hall proms end year on eclectic note

- Review: Virgins and Nightingales The Song Company St James Church 29 May 1992

- Program note: Ekstasis Andrew Schultz

- Review: M for Murder The Song Company 20,21 June 1997

- Review: M for Murder The Song Company 20, 21 June 1997

- Review: The Song Company Modern Art Series #1 10 September 1996

- Review: Spring International Festival of New Music 16 October 1993

- Program note: Data est Lux Andrew Schultz

- Review: Desire Divine The Song Company 28 July 1998

- Program note: Fast Talking: The Last Words of Dutch Schultz

- Video: Professor Andrew Schultz: The minor fall and the major lift - Music, power and the composer's black art

- Video: Gordon Williams, speaking about Journey to Horseshoe Bend

- Video: Barcarole

- Video: Mephisto, by Andrew Schultz (4th and 5th movements only)

- Video: Ring out wild bells

- Video: Stille Sprache, by Andrew Schultz

- Video: Endling (excerpt 2 - from middle) by Andrew Schultz

- Video: Endling (excerpt 1) by Andrew Schultz

- Video: One Sound - quintet for flute anjd strings, by Andrew Schultz - workshop and performance

- Website: Music and Emotion (incl. performance of "After Nina")
© ABC
What happens when you listen to music? What happens in your brain? What makes music sad, poignant or joyful? How easy is it as a composer to shape and extract emotional responses to particular compositions? In this conversation you’ll hear music and some interesting insights into composition and emotional response with Emma Ayres; Professor Andrew Schultz – composer and head of the school of Arts and the Media at UNSW and Associate Professor Emery Schubert.

- Video: After Nina

- Video: One Sound - quintet for flute and strings, by Andrew Schultz - performance

- Video: Andrew Schultz's Septet No.2: Circle Ground, performance

- Video: Andrew Schultz's Septet No.2: Circle Ground, workshop and performance

- Review: CSO rises to ‘Centenary’ premiere music Symphony No. 3 – “Century” World premiere, Canberra’s Centenary celebrations, 11 March 2013.
by Clinton White. © CityNews
CityNews.com.au

- Review: Schultz scores a century

- Video: Joyride, featuring Ether Etude by Andrew Schultz

- Video: As

- Website: Deep blue and dirty
perf. Mark Gaydon (bassoon) and Lucinda Collins (pno); rec Tom Henry, prod. India Hooi. © ABC
The bassoon doesn't often occupy the limelight. But bassoonist Mark Gaydon is passionate about its soloistic potential. He's invited a number of Australian composers to write new solo works for him, taking as their starting point the instrument-defining work Sequenza XII for solo bassoon by Luciano Berio.

- Video: Sound lur and serpent (excerpt) by Andrew Schultz