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 internationally with prominent performances of his works in the UK, Europe, Japan and North America. After studies with Andrew Ford, Andrew Schultz and 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.
He writes: "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".
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 Cédric 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 2009 and also at the City of London Festival in 2011.
Recent works include The Magic Island (2012) commissioned by the Hush Music Foundation which was recorded and premiered by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, 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 and deeds of Western Australian indigenous hero Jandamarra written together with librettist Steve Hawke.
Paul Stanhope teaches composition part-time at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Paul Stanhope — current to May 2013
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.|
|Qinoth : for 11 string instruments (2011)||Qinoth was commissioned by the Creative Music Fund for premiere performances by ACO2.|
|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