Enter your username and password

Forgotten your username or password?

Your Shopping Cart

There are no items in your shopping cart.

Bruce Crossman : Represented Artist

I see the spiritual essence in my own work as an expression of a Christian faith whereby composition becomes a deep-felt emotion and spiritual sensibility linking heaven and earth.

Random Audio Sample: Fierce tranquillity : string trio by Bruce Crossman, from the CD Double resonances

Photo of Bruce Crossman

Photo: Tod Clarke

Artist website: http://brucecrossman.com

Bruce Crossman's sound world embraces Asian traditional musics, free form improvisation and European influenced interval-colour sonority towards a personal Pacific identity. Peter Sculthorpe, Chou Wen-chung and Chinary Ung have influenced Crossman's Pacific-based aesthetic.

His music explores Asian-Pacific influences such as Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Filipino gongs and chant resonances with harmonic colour sonority emphasis in Shy Like Blushing Flowers (2017), Gentleness-Suddenness (2012), Double Resonances (2008) and Daragang Magayon Cantata (2001). Crossman's aesthetic is influenced by cross-disciplinary ideas from Chinese esthetics, Japanese aesthetics and architecture, Filipino-Australian poetry, abstract and traditional East Asian visual arts.

Crossman's music has been featured throughout the Asia-Pacific region including at the ISCM World Music Days (Beijing, Sydney), Tongyeong International Music Festival (Korea), Asian Composers League Festival (Taiwan), Asian Music Week (Japan), Tunugan (Philippines) and Pacific Rim Music Festival (USA). He has won a number of awards including the Queensland Philharmonic's Corbould Prize and a Finalist Nomination for 'Vocal or Choral Work of the Year' at the 2007 Australian Classical Music Awards. Filigree Films have published a DVD of the music-theatre work Gentleness-Suddenness (2014). Wirripang have released several discs of his music including an album of compositions, Double Resonances (2008), and one of piano improvisations with multi-instrumentalist Michael Atherton, Resophonica (2009). In 2017, Navona Records (USA) released Living Colours: Pacific Sounds And Spirit.

Crossman was born in Auckland in 1961. He studied composition with Ross Edwards, David Blake and Jack Speirs. His qualifications include a Doctor of Creative Arts from Wollongong University, Master of Philosophy from York University and Master of Music (Distinction) from Otago University. He holds the positions of Associate Professor (Music), Discipline Leader (Music and Music Therapy) and Coordinator of Composition in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at Western Sydney University.

Crossman writes: 'I see the spiritual essence in my own work as an expression of a Christian faith whereby composition becomes a deep-felt emotion and spiritual sensibility linking heaven and earth. The aim of my creativity is to generate spiritual presence through stillness with colour-energy that speaks of the Asia-Pacific.'

Bruce Crossman — current to April 2020

Studied with

Jack Speirs (1980 - 1985)

David Blake (1987 - 1990)

Andrew Schultz (1996 - 2000)

Ross Edwards (1998 - 2000)


Influenced by

Peter Sculthorpe (1990 - 2000)

Chinary Ung (1990 - 2018)

Chou Wen-chung (1990)


Collaborated with

Jim Franklin (2004 - 2014)

Michael Atherton (2006 - 2009)

Claire Edwardes (2008 - 2018)

Ian Stevenson (2008 - 2017)

Peter Neville (2009 - 2017)

James Cuddeford (2013)

Michael Kieran Harvey (2013 - 2016)

Simon Killalea (2013 - 2018)

Katia Beaugeais (2014 - 2018)

Tristram Williams (2015 - 2017)

Hong Kong New Music Ensemble (2016 - 2018)

Chiu Tan Ching (2017 - 2018)

Kate Fagan (2017 - 2018)

Anna Fraser (2017 - 2018)

Hyelim Kim (2017 - 2018)

Ying Liu (2017 - 2018)

Linda Yim (2017 - 2018)


Teacher/Influence on

Petar Jovanov (2009 - 2014)

Daniel Portelli (2010 - 2012)

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Fragility and Sonorousness : for piano (2021) Commissioned by The ANAM Set, Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM).
Digital sheet music sample Singing Red Juxtapositions : for erhu, guzheng & pipa (2021) composed for Nicholas Ng (erhu) for his Sydney-based trio for a recording project of Australian compositions
Digital sheet music sample Silky Mist Softly Lingers... Red : for solo guzheng (2018) Commissioned by Chiu Tan Ching.
Digital sheet music sample Rushing Spirit Breath : for taegÅ­m and percussion (2017) Composed as part of the Creativity Unlimited Music Festival, 10-11 August 2017, at Western Sydney University with support from the School of Humanities and Communication Arts
Digital sheet music sample Garden of Fire : for mezzo-soprano, percussion and piano (2017) Written for Anna Fraser (mezzo-soprano), Claire Edwardes (percussion) and Linda Yim (piano)
Digital sheet music sample Blooms late when spring is gone... : for solo erhu (2016) Written in celebration of the birth of the new research centre at Western Sydney University; Australia-China Institute for Arts and Culture.