Paul Stanhope : Represented Artist
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Artist website: http://www.paulstanhope.com
Paul Stanhope (b. 1969) is recognised as a leading composer of his generation not only in Australia but also internationally, with performances of his works in the UK, Europe, Japan and the United States. After studies with Andrew Ford, Andrew Schultz and Peter Sculthorpe in Australia he was awarded the Charles Mackerras Scholarship which enabled him to study for a time at the Guildhall School of Music in London.
He writes: "My music presents the listener with an optimistic, personal geography . . . whether this is a reaction to the elemental aspects of the universe (both the celestial and terrestrial) or the throbbing energy of the inner city".
In May 2004 Stanhope'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. He was also awarded the Albert H. Maggs Award from the University of Melbourne for his String Quartet No. 1 in 2010.
Paul Stanhope's music was featured at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in 2009 and also at the City of London Festival in 2011. In 2010 he was Musica Viva's featured composer: his String Quartet no. 2 received nation-wide performances by the Pavel Hass 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 Cédric Tiberghien. Other choral and chamber works received national tours by the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge and the Atos Piano Trio from Berlin.
Some of Stanhope's newest compositions have focused on vocal and chamber music forms. His choral work Exile Lamentations (2007-2008) was recently extended into a cantata-length piece in collaboration with oud player Joseph Tawadros and performed in its entirety by the Sydney Chamber Choir which he also directs. Recent orchestral pieces include Cloudforms (2007) commissioned by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Machinations (2006) for the Melbourne Symphony.
In 2011, Paul Stanhope composed new works for Sydney Omega Ensemble, Sydney Oboes and ACO2. In 2012 he will be working on new pieces for Adelaide Chamber Singers and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Stanhope teaches composition part-time at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and at MLC School in Sydney.
Paul Stanhope — current to December 2011
Awards & Prizes
|2012||Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Instrumental||Finalist||Qinoth|
|2011||Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Vocal/Choral||Winner||Deserts of exile|
|2011||Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Instrumental||Winner||String quartet No. 2|
|2010||Albert H Maggs Composition Award||First Prize|
|2004||Toru Takemitsu Composition Award||Winner||Fantasia on a theme of Vaughan Williams|
|Sea grave : for male chorus (TTBB) (2012)||Commissioned by Taipei Male Choir.|
|Cherubic hymn : for SATB choir and organ (2012)||Commissioned by Choir of St James' Church.|
|Ubi Caritas : for SATB Choir with divisi (2012)||Commissioned by Brisbane Chamber Choir.|
|Lament to Saint Cecilia : SATB choir (2012)||Commissioned by Gondwana Choirs for the Gondwana Chorale with the Support of APRA and the Gondwana Innovations Patrons.|
|Omega dance : for clarinet, horn, string trio and piano (2011)||Commissioned by Ars Musica Australis.|
|Lost the plot : SAB version (2011)||Originally commissioned by Network of Treble Ensembles|
Analysis & Media
- Article: Dawn of a new world symphony
- Video: PhoSpheric variations
- Video: Lux aeterna, by Paul Stanhope
- Video: Saxophone quartet "Ockham's Razor"
- Video: Deserts of Exile
- Video: Where the spark is