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Christopher Tonkin : Represented Artist

Random Audio Sample: Widdop, phaetons, relic : for piano, percussion and violin by Christopher Tonkin, from the CD Springtime

Photo of Christopher Tonkin

Christopher Tonkin was born in Perth, Western Australia. He holds degrees in composition from the University of Western Australia, Rice University (Houston, Texas) and a Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego. In 2004/2005, he spent a year at the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) in Paris, and has since focused on interactive pieces for live performers and computer, developing several works in following years at the Centre for Research in Computing in the Arts in San Diego, California.

He has received grants from the Australia Council, the Australasian Performing Rights Association and the Ian Potter Foundation, and commissions and performances from the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (Canada, 2002), Fondation Royaumont (France, 2003), IRCAM (France, 2005), Ensemble Offspring (Sydney, 2005, 2008), the Seoul International Computer Music Festival (South Korea, 2006), the Australasian Computer Music Association (Sydney, 2008), the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (Texas, USA, 2008), Decibel (2013), the International Computer Music Conference (2013) and Etica Ensemble / TURA New Music (2014).

Chris teaches at the School of Music at the University of Western Australia as Assistant Professor and Head of Composition Studies and Music Technology since 2008.

Christopher Tonkin — current to December 2014

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Love, madness and death : for soprano and ensemble (2014) Commissioned by Etica Ensemble, Tura New Music.
Trio : for piano, violin and cello (2013) Commissioned by the University of Western Australia Centenary Project for the Compact Disc "Luminosity"
Digital sheet music sample Rapid same question : for bass flute, bass clarinet, cello, bass drum & live electronics (2013) Commissioned by Decibel.
Digital sheet music sample Vocalise : for djembé and live electronics (2008) Commissioned for the 2008 Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Austin, Texas, USA

Analysis & Media

- Video: Widdop, phaetons, relic

- Video: Vocalise