Paul Stanhope : Represented Artist
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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 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 the City of London Festival and, more recently, by the National Colombian Symphony Orchestra in Bogota.
2014 saw the premiere of Jandamarra: Sing for the Country a major new dramatic cantata based on the life of the Western Australian Indigenous resistance hero. Scored for solo baritone, choirs, an Indigenous ensemble of singers and dancers and orchestra, it was premiered by large forces including the Yilimbirri Ensemble, Gondwana Choirs and the Sydney Symphony. It has been hailed as a work of major cultural significance.
Paul's Piccolo Concerto was featured in premiere performances by the Melbourne, Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras in 2013. A CD recording has since been released MSO Live label to considerable international acclaim. More recently, Paul's String Quartet no. 3 was featured in the 2015 Musica Viva national season and toured nationally by the Goldner String Quartet.
Paul Stanhope is a Senior Lecturer in the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney and the Artistic Chair of the Australia Ensemble.
Paul Stanhope — current to July 2015
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|
||The Magic island : orchestra||Commissioned by HUSH Music Foundation.|
|Agnus Dei : (Do not stand at my grave and weep) (2016)||Commissioned by Adelaide Chamber Singers, Carl Crossin.|
||Dawn and Darkness : concerto for cello and orchestra (2016)||Commissioned by Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Vicki Olsson.|
|Nephesh : for string octet or nonet (2015)||Commissioned by Melbourne Chamber Orchestra with funds provided by Australia Council. Music Board, Robert Salzer Foundation.|
|String quartet No.3 : string quartet (2014)||Commissioned for Huntington Estate and Friends|
||Jandamarra: Sing for the Country : Ngalanyabarra Muwayi.u (2014)||Commissioned by Sydney Symphony Orchestra.|
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