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Art Music Awards

2017 Art Music Awards

An exciting group of composers, performers and educators, including several first-time recipients, were announced as the winners of the 2017 Art Music Awards in an industry event in Sydney on Tuesday 22 August. Now in its 7th year, the Art Music Awards is the only national event in Australia to acknowledge the extraordinary achievements and creative successes of those who excel in these genres.

Composer Liza Lim took home two of the coveted Work of the Year Awards: the Instrumental Work of the Year for How Forests Think and the Vocal / Choral Work of the Year for the opera Tree of Codes, 'A true Gesamtkunstwerk', according to the jury. The Orchestral Work of the Year winner was the first-time finalist Lyle Chan for his Serenade for Tenor, Saxophone and Orchestra ('My Dear Benjamin'). The Performance of the Year Award went to pianist Peter de Jager for his performance of the Piano Sonata by Chris Dench. Jazz pianist and composer Tom O'Halloran received the Jazz Work of the Year award for the album Now Noise. The Award for Excellence in Jazz went to Andrea Keller.

The Award for Excellence by an Organisation was awarded to Speak Percussion, while the Award for Excellence by an Individual went to Daryl Buckley. The Award for Excellence in a Regional Area went to Western Australia's Tura New Music, and the Award for Excellence in Experimental Music to Clocked Out, Bruce and Jocelyn Wolfe for 'The Piano Mill' project. Moorambilla Voices received the Award for Excellence in Music Education. As announced earlier this month, the Award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music was presented to the legendary John Pochée OAM. Eight State and Territory awards were also presented recognising contributions to art music all over Australia in 2016.

The 2017 Art Music Awards were staged jointly by APRA AMCOS and the AMC. The event was hosted by Simon Marnie, with live program curated by Gabriella Smart. Presenters at the event were Sandy Evans, Paul Mason, Stephen Lias, Natalie Williams and Marshall McGuire.

A full list of winners below - for jury's comments, and more details about the winning works, artists and the evening's program, please see this news article on Resonate. To find out more about those shortlisted, see this earlier article about the finalist announcement.

APRA AMCOS and the AMC congratulate all the 2017 Art Music Awards winners on their outstanding achievements.


2017 Art Music Awards: winners

Orchestral Work of the Year

Title: Serenade for Tenor, Saxophone and Orchestra ("My Dear Benjamin")
Composer: Lyle Chan
Text: Benjamin Britten and Wulff Scherchen
Performer: Andrew Goodwin tenor, Michael Duke saxophone, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Paul Kildea conductor

Performance of the Year

Performer: Peter de Jager
Title: Piano Sonata
Composer: Chris Dench

Vocal / Choral Work of the Year

Title: Tree of Codes
Composer: Liza Lim
Performer: Ensemble MusikFabrik; Cologne Opera, Clement Power conductor, Massimo Furlan director
Publishers: Universal Music Publishing MGB Australia obo G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH

Jazz Work of the Year

Title: Now Noise
Composer: Tom O'Halloran
Performer: Memory of Elements

Instrumental Work of the Year

Title: How Forests Think
Composer: Liza Lim
Performer: ELISION, Wu Wei soloist, Carl Rosman conductor
Publishers: Universal Music Publishing MGB Australia obo G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH

Award for Excellence by an Organisation

Speak Percussion for their 2016 program and sustained contribution to Australian music

Award for Excellence by an Individual

Daryl Buckley for over thirty years of contribution to the international projection of Australian contemporary performance, ideas and practice

Award for Excellence in Music Education

Moorambilla Voices for their 2016 season

Award for Excellence in a Regional Area

Tura New Music for their 2016 Regional Program

Award for Excellence in Experimental Music

Clocked Out with Bruce and Jocelyn Wolfe for 'The Piano Mill' project

Award for Excellence in Jazz

Andrea Keller for the creation, presentation and release of contemporary jazz in 2016


2017 Art Music Awards:
State and Territory Awards

ACT Award for Instrumental Work of the Year
The 7 Great Inventions Of The Modern Industrial Age by Sally Greenaway

NSW Award for Excellence in Music Education
Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA) for Young Women's Jazz Workshop program

NT Award for Excellence in a Regional Area
Ngarukuruwala for Ngiya Awungarra (I Am Here, Now)

QLD Award for Excellence by an Individual
Vanessa Tomlinson for conceiving and curating the 2016 Australian Percussion Gathering

SA Award for Performance of the Year
Adelaide Chamber Singers for Agnus Dei (Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep) by Paul Stanhope

TAS Award for Excellence by an Organisation
Mona for Mofo 2016

VIC Award for Performance of the Year
Chamber Made Opera for Permission To Speak by Kate Neal, with text by Tamara Saulwick

WA Award for Jazz Work Of The Year
Help You Along Your Way by Daniel Susnjar

> Current Rules and Guidelines for the Art Music Awards.


About the Awards

The yearly Art Music Awards are presented by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and the Australian Music Centre to recognise achievement in the composition, performance, education and presentation of Australian music. There are eleven national Awards and a varying number of State and Territory Awards. The national awards are presented in categories covering, among others, composition (four Work of the Year awards), performance, music education, regional music, experimental music and jazz. Nominations are accepted from current AMC or APRA members - also, industry organisations and companies such as educational institutions, broadcasters, retail outlets, recording studios, and promoters are able to nominate.


National Awards

Eleven national Art Music Awards are open for nominations from members of the Australian Music Centre and APRA, as well as industry organisations and companies such as educational institutions, broadcasters, retail outlets, recording studios and promoters: Work of the Year (orchestral; instrumental; vocal or choral; jazz), Performance of the Year, Award for Excellence by an Individual, Award for Excellence by an Organisation, Award for Excellence in Music Education, Award for Excellence in a Regional Area, Award for Excellence in Experimental Music (for works, people or events) and award for Excellence in Jazz (for works, people or events). An additional category is awarded at the discretion of the Board of Directors of APRA and AMC for Distinguished Services to Australian Music.


State/Territory Awards

For each State or Territory, one Award is given from one of the following categories: Work of the Year (orchestral; instrumental; vocal or choral; jazz), Performance of the Year, Award for Excellence by an Individual, Award for Excellence by an Organisation, Award for Excellence in Music Education, Award for Excellence in a Regional Area, Award for Excellence in Experimental Music (for works, people or events), award for Excellence in Jazz (for works, people or events).

 


Pictured (from top): Liza Lim; Lyle Chan; Tom O'Halloran & Andrea Keller; Daryl Buckley; John Pochée; Tos Mahoney; Bruce & Jocelyn Wolfe (Excellence in Experimental Music); Michelle Leonard (Moorambilla Voices)

All photos © Tony Mott

 

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