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Andrew Wilson : Represented Artist

Date of Birth: 29 July 1951


  • Graduated with Bachelor of Arts from the University of Adelaide in 1972.
  • Graduated with Bachelor of Music (Hons.) from the University of Adelaide in 1982 specialising in composition. Teachers included Richard Meale, Bozidar Kos and Tristram Cary.
  • Awarded a Commonwealth Postgraduate Award in 1983/84 for a Master of Music degree which I only partially completed.
  • Attended a composition course at the Accademia Musicale Pescarese in Pescara, Italy, given by Franco Donatoni in 1986.


  • From 1982 to 1985 I was an active member of the Composers' Collective of South Australia, serving initially as Treasurer and later as President. During this period I helped prepare submissions to the Music Board of the Australia Council and the South Australian Department for the Arts for the funding of some of the Collective's projects. Two of these were successful, one of which included the first South Australian performance of Integrales by Varèse, which I organised.
  • In 1985 I organised a radio programme featuring the music of, and interviews with some members of the Collective which was broadcast nationally on ABC-FM's Acoustica Nova, presented by Jaroslav Kovaracek.
  • During this period I conducted a number of works by members of the Collective as well as my own pieces, including a performance of Richard Meale's Las Alborados.
  • I have done some work with the NEDCO computer which uses a language called XPL in the electronic music studio at the Elder Conservatorium in Adelaide.
  • In 1987 I was selected as a participant in the National Young Composers' Orchestral Workshop held in Hobart with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dobbs Franks with David Lumsdaine and Ross Edwards as tutors.


  • 1981 - the Adelaide Chamber Orchestra commissioned a work for nine strings called In This Fragile Moment.
  • 1985 - pianist Jeffrey Kong commissioned a work called Extempore which was first performed in Hong Kong in 1986.
  • 1988 - Jeffrey Kong commissioned another solo piano piece called Moto. This was funded by the Music Board of the Australia Council.
  • 1988 - singer Patricia Martin commissioned a work for voice and two pianofortes called Unison 1. This was also funded by the Music Board of the Australia Council.
  • In 1980 I won the South Australian Young Composers' Award.
  • In 1989 I was short-listed in the Olympia International Composition Prize, judged by Ligeti, Xenaxis and Henze. A performance of the work called Odalisque for oboe, harp, violin and viola was given in the Athens National Gallery and recorded by Greek Radio

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