Nadia Burgess : Associate Artist
Artist website: http://www.soundcloud.com/nadiaburgesscomposer
Nadia Burgess (nee Lindemann) was born in South Africa in 1958 and is of German and Dutch descent. She graduated with a B.Mus.Ed. majoring in piano performance from the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, in March 1981, her mentor being Prof. Japie Human.
She appeared as soloist with the PACOFS Symphony Orchestra in performances of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue in 1980, and the contemporary Concerto by Laurie Potgieter in 1982. She moved to Sydney in 1983 and became an accredited private teacher with the NSW State Conservatorium of Music.
Nadia has performed as solo pianist in Sydney for many years. She has also performed as accompanist and with several ensembles. She recorded a jazz trio CD album with Craig Scott and Dave Goodman in 2000. She returned to further study at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2001, where she studied jazz with Judy Bailey, Gordon Brisker, William Motzing, Paul McNamara and Craig Scott. She completed the Associate Diploma in Jazz Studies at the end of 2002, followed by a Master's degree in composition under the supervision of American composer/arranger William Motzing during 2003-2004.
Her compositions - for small and large jazz ensembles, chamber
ensembles, and piano - have been performed at various venues in
Australia and South Africa. Since 2011, her compositions have
been performed/recorded by the Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic
Orchestra; the Sydney Conservatorium Orchestra, Wind Symphony,
Saxophone Orchestra and Jazz Orchestra respectively; the Sydney
Symphony Fellows; the Divergence Jazz Orchestra; the Sydney
Camerata and David Groves; Nathan Henshaw and Tim Fisher; Jason
Noble; the Melbourne Composers Big Band; the University of
Melbourne Saxophone Ensemble; and the University of NSW Jazz
Orchestra. The Sirens Big Band included her composition The
Music In My Dreams on their 2012 debut album Kali and
the Time of Change. Her Suite for String Quartet
was recorded by the Odeion String Quartet in 2018 for their album
Colours of the Free State.
Nadia is a recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award and was awarded a Ph.D. in Composition in June 2015, having studied with Matthew Hindson and Carl Vine at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
She believes her compositional style has evolved as a fusion of Western art music with jazz, pop and South-East African music. Her compositions include sections open for improvisation or notated solos for instrumentalists in the style of jazz improvisations. She has been influenced by the music of, amongst others, Stefans Grové, Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays, Maria Schneider, and Carl Vine.
Nadia Burgess — current to September 2020
||Elegy for Bass Clarinet and Piano : bass clarinet with piano (2020)||This composition is the result of the composer's participation in Ensemble Offspring's Hatched Home Academy program 2020|
||Ode to Laurie : piano and string quartet (2016)||Commissioned by Odeion String Quartet.|
||Herman's hut : string quartet (2016)||Commissioned by Odeion String Quartet.|
||Sonata for tenor saxophone and piano : saxophone with piano (2013)||Commissioned by Nathan Henshaw.|
||In motion : for saxophone orchestra (2012)||Written for Michael Duke and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Saxophone Orchestra|
||Anticipation : for string quintet (2011)||Written for the SSO Fellows as part of a joint project between the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the SSO and the Museum of Contemporary Art.|