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David Chisholm : Represented Artist

Random Audio Sample: The Arrival : for solo viola with percussion by David Chisholm, from the CD Arrival


Photo of David Chisholm

Composer David Chisholm has an international practice, defined through diverse and hybrid collaboration, for which he has won six Green Room Awards, a French Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Award, a High Commendation at the 2009 Paul Lowin Prizes, a Mention at 36th Bourges International Competition of Electroacoustic Music and Electronic Art, a Special Mention in the X Media Forum, 31st International Film Festival in Moscow, the Medibank Private State and National Arts Awards and the National Young Achiever of the Year.

David has undertaken multiple artist residencies in Australia, France and the USA and, in 2017, was an Australia Council for the Arts Composer in Residence at HIAP in Helsinki, Finland. He has presented seminars on his music in Australia, France, New Zealand, Chile, Ireland and Italy.

Relocating to New Zealand in early 2019 to take up his current role as Composition Convenor at the School of Music, University of Auckland, David holds a PhD from Melbourne University where he taught in 2016, having also taught at Centre for Ideas, Victorian College of the Arts (2003-06) and Monash University (2012-18).

David is the founding Artistic Director and CEO of the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music.


David Chisholm — current to July 2019

Teacher/Influence on

Callum Watson (2016 - 2018)

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2009 Paul Lowin Song Cycle Prize Highly Commended The Beginning & the end of the snow

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample bound south : for String Quartet (2016) Commissioned by Joan and Barry Miskin and dedicated thus: "To our parents, Armida & Igino DE Bolfo and Beryl and Keith Miskin"
Digital sheet music sample KURSK : An Oratorio Requiem (2011) The work received the support of Melbourne Festival, Melbourne Recital Centre, Arts Victoria, Australia Council for the Arts, City of Melbourne, Robert Salzer Foundation, Sofitel Melbourne, and the Camargo Foundation
The Arrival : for solo viola with percussion (2009) Commissioned by Phoebe Green.
Jonestown Threnody : for string septet (2008) Commissioned by EMPAC (Experimental Media Performing Arts Center, New York) and BalletLab as a source work for MIRACLE
Axeman Lullaby : suite for violin and piano (2008) Commissioned by Phillip Adams Balletlab.
Digital sheet music sample Luminal : A Lullaby Requiem (2008) Commissioned by Julian Burnside.

Analysis & Media

- Article: Shining images score sound tribute

- Video: KURSK: an oratorio requiem (excerpts)

- Video: The Making of Kursk: An Oratorio Requiem