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Paul Stanhope : Represented Artist

'My music presents the listener with an optimistic, personal geography ... whether this is a reaction to the elemental aspects of the universe ... or the throbbing energy of the inner city.'

Random Audio Sample: Phospheric variations : for flute and piano by Paul Stanhope, from the CD Hemispheres

Photo of Paul Stanhope

Photo: Jason Catlett

Artist website: http://www.paulstanhope.com

Paul Stanhope (b. 1969) is a Sydney-based composer and a leading figure in his generation. He has had prominent performances of his works in the UK, Europe, Taiwan and Japan as well as North and South America. After studies with Peter Sculthorpe, Paul was awarded the Charles Mackerras Scholarship which enabled him to study for a time at the Guildhall School of Music in London in 2000.

In May 2004 Paul's international standing was confirmed when he was awarded first place in the prestigious Toru Takemitsu Composition Prize. In 2011 he was awarded two APRA/Australian Music Centre Awards for Instrumental Work of the Year and Vocal/Choral Piece of the Year and in 2012 was again a finalist for the Instrumental Work of the Year. Paul is also the recipient of a Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship for 2013-2014 - the first Australian composer to be granted this honour.

In 2010 Paul was Musica Viva's featured composer: his String Quartet no. 2 received nation-wide performances by the Pavel Haas Quartet as part of this season, as did his Agnus Dei - After the Fire for violin and piano, performed by the stellar duo Alina Ibragimova and C├ędric Tiberghien.Other choral and chamber works received national tours by the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge and the Atos Piano Trio from Berlin. Paul's music has also been featured at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, in the City of London Festival and most recently by the National Colombian Symphony Orchestra in Bogota.

Recent works include Concerto for Piccolo Flute and Orchestra (2013), commissioned by the Melbourne, Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, Qinoth (2011) written for the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Exile Lamentations (2007-2011) a cantata written for soloists, choir and the virtuosic talents of oud master Joseph Tawadros. Forthcoming works include a large choral-orchestral cantata about the life of Western Australian indigenous hero Jandamarra, which is being created in collaboration with the Bunuba community from the Kimberley in Western Australia and librettist Steve Hawke.

Paul Stanhope teaches composition part-time at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and is also the Musical Director of Sydney Chamber Choir.

Paul Stanhope — current to December 2013

Studied with

Peter Sculthorpe (1995 - 1999)


Collaborated with

Sydney Chamber Choir (1995 - current)

Kammer Ensemble (2007 - current)


Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
The Magic island : orchestra Commissioned by HUSH Music Foundation.
Digital sheet music sample Jandamarra: Sing for the Country : Ngalanyabarra Muwayi.u (2014) Commissioned by Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Concerto for piccolo flute and orchestra (piccolo with full orchestra) (2013) Commissioned by Symphony Services International, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
Digital sheet music sample Sea grave : for male chorus (TTBB) (2012) Commissioned by Taipei Male Choir.
Digital sheet music sample Cherubic hymn : for SATB choir and organ (2012) Commissioned by Choir of St James' Church.
Digital sheet music sample Ubi Caritas : for SATB Choir with divisi (2012) Commissioned by Brisbane Chamber Choir.

Analysis & Media

- Document: Program note for Paul Stanhope's "Certain Resonances"

- Article: Dawn of a new world symphony

- Video: "At the Top" from Songs of Innocence and Joy by Paul Stanhope and Michael Leunig.

- Video: PhoSpheric variations

- Video: Lux aeterna, by Paul Stanhope

- Video: Saxophone quartet "Ockham's Razor"

- Video: Deserts of Exile

- Video: Where the spark is