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Alex Chilvers : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: o Śląsku : chamber orchestra by Alex Chilvers, from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 97.


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 William Forde Thompson's Music, Sound and Performance Lab. In 2009, Chilvers began studying composition privately with Michael Smetanin.

In 2010, he commenced full-time studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in the composition class of Matthew Hindson. His first major collaboration with a soloist, Combinative Contour Etude composed for pianist Jacob Abela, won third prize at the 2012 "Young Virtuosos" competition of the National School of Music "Lyubomir Pipkov" (Sofia, Bulgaria). In 2013, his orchestral piece SHOTS was selected for the Symphony Australia TSO Composers' School and was performed by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kenneth Young.

After graduating from the Conservatorium with with First Class Honours, Chilvers was awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award and commenced PhD studies under Smetanin. While a doctoral student, his Trio I for bass clarinet, violin, and piano was premiered at the 2014 Soundstream Emerging Composers' Forum in Adelaide. In 2015, he travelled to the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice and completed an artistic apprenticeship 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 Michael Duke. Tatra for solo marimba was subsequently commissioned by the duo's percussionist David Lockeridge, with a premiere planned for 2021. coûte que coûte? for choir, piano, and percussion was premiered at the High Court of Australia, Canberra, in 2018 by the Luminescence Chamber Singers and Melbourne duo Tess Said So. Chilvers has also collaborated multiple times with the Sideband collective; most recently, his solo harpsichord work Studium O was performed by Stephanie McCallum at the 2019 Sideband: Renaissance concert.

Chilvers' PhD, completed in 2019, explored the role of folk traditions in the music of modern Polish composers. Since graduating, he has held a position as coordinator of the Aural Perception program at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. As a freelance composer, he continues to explore the relationships between centuries-old musical traditions and modern practices. In 2021, Chainwheel for harpsichord (four hands) will be performed at a series of concerts curated by Anthony Abouhamad and Heath Henn, while a new piece for early music ensemble The Muffat Collective is currently under development.


Alex Chilvers — current to January 2021

Studied with

Michael Smetanin (2009 - 2019)

Trevor Pearce (2011 - 2013)

Anne Boyd (2012)

Aleksander Lasoń (2015)

 

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Chainwheel : for harpsichord, four hands (2021) Commissioned by Anthony Abouhamad and Heath Henn.
Bells & Crosses (duos: tuba, percussion) (2016) Commissioned by Sideband.
Carvings (trios: 2 saxophones, percussion) (2015) Commissioned by Translucent Duo.