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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: Once upon a time, op. 70 : for reduced orchestra by Andrew Schultz, from the CD Orchestral works


Photo of Andrew Schultz

Photo: UNSW

Andrew Schultz was born in Adelaide in 1960 and studied at the Universities of Queensland, Pennsylvania and King's College London. He has been the recipient of many awards in Australia and overseas, including five Australia Council Fellowships, Fulbright Award, Commonwealth Scholarship, Paul Lowin Prize, Schueler Composition Award, Maggs Award and the APRA Award. He has worked very closely with outstanding performers including Paul Dean, Stephen Emmerson, Felicitas Fuchs, Bernard Lanskey, Jennifer Pike, and Halcyon.

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) for the Melbourne Symphony and Chorale; Symphony No. 2 Ghosts of Reason (2008) for the Adelaide Symphony; and, Symphony No 3 Century (2012) was commissioned for the Centenary of Canberra and premiered by the Canberra Symphony for an audience of 150,000. Other orchestral works include The Devil's Music (1992), Diver's Lament (1996) and Sound Lur and Serpent (2014) commissioned by the Sydney Symphony, Falling Man/Dancing Man (2005, Melbourne Symphony), Once upon a time… (2006, Queensland Symphony), and Endling (2007) and Peace (2013) commissioned by the Tasmanian Symphony. The acclaimed symphonic cantata Journey to Horseshoe Bend (2002-03) was commissioned by Symphony Australia for the Sydney Symphony, Philharmonia Choir and Ntaria Chorus.

His three operas have been presented live and on film internationally: Black River (1988) was awarded the Australian National Composer Opera Award and the Grand-Prix, Opera Screen at Opéra-Bastille in Paris; Going into Shadows (2000) was commissioned by the Guildhall School of Music, London and the Queensland Conservatorium; The Children's Bach (2007), was premiered by ChamberMade Opera in Melbourne. Other choral works include Ekstasis (1990), Song of Songs (2004), and Wild flower (2006) for The Song Company, Le Molière Imaginaire (2014) for I Fagiolini and Musica Viva and Beach Burial (2009) for Sydney Philharmonia.

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 After Nina (2008). The Australia Ensemble has commissioned two works - Circle Ground for septet (1995) and One Sound for flute and string quartet (2012). He has written four song cycles, Stille Sprache (2009), To the Evening Star (2009), I am writing in this book (2011) and Paradise (2013).

Recording releases include CDs of orchestral music for ABC Classics, two volumes of chamber music on Tall Poppies label, and a disc of vocal music on The Song Company's own label. Numerous recordings are available for download on digital platforms.

Schultz has held posts and residencies including as Head of Composition at the Guildhall School of Music, London and Artist in Residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts, and Cité des Arts Paris. He is currently Professor of Music at the University of New South Wales, Sydney and Director of the Symphony Australia TSO Composers' School.

Website: www.andrewschultz.net


Andrew Schultz — current to January 2015

Teacher/Influence on

David Chisholm

Alicia Grant (2003 - 2004)

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Le Molière imaginaire, op. 99 : for eight voices (2015) Composed to be part of Musica Viva Australia’s 2015 International Concert Season.
Horizon, op. 97/2 : for symphonic winds (2014) Commissioned by St Peter's Lutheran College.
Sound lur and serpent, op.98 : for brass and percussion (2014) Commissioned for the orchestra's 2014 tour of China.
St Peter's suite, op. 97 : symphonic wind band (2014) Composed during a residency at the Cité International des Arts, Paris.
Fortress, op. 97/3 : for symphonic winds (2014) Commissioned by St Peter's Lutheran College.
Sea cliff, op. 97/1 : for brass and percussion (2014) Commissioned by St Peter's Lutheran College.

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, by Andrew Schultz
Perf Sydney Symphony Orchestra, cond. David Robertson. © NCPA Music Channel
From SSO China tour 2014, performance from their concert in Peking at the National Centre for Performing Arts.

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