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Lachlan Skipworth : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: muj┼Ź : flute solo by Lachlan Skipworth, from the CD Spirit of the plains


Photo of Lachlan Skipworth

Photo: Nik Babic

Lachlan Skipworth completed a Bachelor of Music at the University of Western Australia (2004) and a Master of Music (Composition) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (2010) where he studied with Roger Smalley and Anne Boyd respectively. He is also active as a shakuhachi performer, having spent two and a half years from 2005 in Japan studying with revered master Yokoyama Katsuya and Kakizakai Kaoru. In 2010, he undertook a 2-semester kontaktstudium with Prof. Jorg Widmann at the Freiburg Hochschule fur Musik, Germany.

In 2011 he received a fellowship from the prestigious Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, undertaking a 6-week research trip to Japan, Europe and the USA. In 2009 he was composer-in-residence with the Japanese traditional instrument ensemble Aura-J in Tokyo as part of an Asialink Performing Arts Residency. He has been selected to participate in a number of composer workshops, including the MODART and CYBEC programmes in Australia, Ensemble Modern at Tokyo Wonder Site, and the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival in Massachusetts, USA.

Skipworth's works have been commissioned and performed by leading Australian ensembles including the West Australian and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, the Sydney Symphony Fellows, the Song Company, Sydney Chamber Choir, Chronology Arts and the Enigma String Quartet. His works were featured at the 2010 ISCM World New Music Days and the 2008 (Sydney) and 2012 (Kyoto) World Shakuhachi Festivals. In late 2013 Skipworth will begin an Early Career Residency with the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra made possible by the Australia Council for the Arts.


Lachlan Skipworth — current to July 2013

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2013 Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Instrumental Finalist dark nebulae

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
where the mountains meet (solo bass guitar) (2013) Commissioned by Charles Davidson.
Nezasa (octets: oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, violin, viola, cello, double bass) (2012) Commissioned by Ars Musica Australis.
Afterglow : chamber orchestra (2012) Commissioned as part of the CYBEC 21st Century Australian Composers Programme
Digital sheet music sample the night sky fall : for clarinet, cello and piano (2011) Composed for Chronology Arts' "Day & Night" concert as part of the Utzon Music Series
Digital sheet music sample shinjitsu : for chamber choir with solo alto saxophone (2011) Commissioned by Sydney Chamber Choir.
aida : for vocal ensemble (2009) 'aida' was composed for the Song Company as part of the MODART composer development programme.