Alex Chilvers : Associate Artist
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Alex Chilvers (born 1985) is an Australian composer based in Sydney. Having completed high school in 2002, Chilvers attended Macquarie University where he studied mathematics and computer programming. Graduating with Honours in Information Technology, he went on to pursue research interests in music and psychology - working as a programmer within the University's music, sound and performance lab. In 2009, Chilvers began studying composition first privately with Michael Smetanin, then as full-time student at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2010. That same year, he became actively involved in music journalism, working with arts magazine Limelight in which he has had numerous articles published.
During his undergraduate years at the Conservatorium, Chilvers studied with Paul Stanhope, Trevor Pearce, Anne Boyd and Smetanin, among others. He was also a member of the Conservatorium Chamber Choir that toured Europe in 2012. In 2013, he was one of four composers invited to participate in the Symphony Australia TSO Composers' School and spent a week working with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. At the end of 2013, Chilvers completed his degree - graduating with First Class Honours in Composition - and was subsequently awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) for further study at the Conservatorium.
Now a doctoral student, Chilvers was one of five Australian composers invited to attend the 2014 Soundstream Emerging Composers' Forum in Adelaide. In early 2015, he presented his research at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and the Karol Lipiński Academy of Music in Wrocław, before spending a month at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice studying composition with the Polish composer Aleksander Lasoń. o Śląsku, was composed during his time in Poland and subsequently premiered by the Katowice-based Orkiestra Muzyki Nowej (New Music Orchestra). In 2016, Carvings for two saxophones and percussion appeared on Sydney-based Translucent Duo's debut album, In-Sync, with guest artist Dr Michael Duke.
Chilvers's PhD, which explores the relationship between centuries-old musical traditions and contemporary approaches to composition, is due for completion at the end of 2017. He is currently a member of the Conservatorium's teaching staff.
Alex Chilvers — current to August 2017