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Connor D'Netto : Represented Artist

Random Audio Sample: And Others (piano with pre-recorded sound) by Connor D'Netto, from the CD Small Round Strangely Furry With Spots Stripes and Other Patterns

Photo of Connor D'Netto

Photo: Ray Roberts

Artist website: http://www.connordnetto.com

Connor D'Netto (he/him) is a composer of contemporary classical music, described as "the model contemporary Australian composer" by ABC Classic FM.

Balancing driving rhythm, heartfelt lyricism drawn from his background in classical voice, a lushly textural approach to orchestration, and the delicate incorporation of electronic music elements, Connor's work is a constant attempt to bring together sprawling artistic interests, and in doing so, create connections across audiences and communities. Connor's music has been performed by the likes of the LA Phil, and commissioned across Australia and abroad, including by ensembles such the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Australian String Quartet, New York based groups including Bang On A Can and Chromic Duo, and performers such as Katie Noonan, Karin Schaupp and Claire Edwardes.

In September 2022, Connor's first opera "The Call", commissioned by Opera Queensland and Brisbane Festival with libretto by Kate Miller-Heidke, had its premiere season at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Limelight Magazine described Connor's score as "captivating, intelligent, theatrical and emotional", while Jenna Robertson writes for ABR Arts "The audience is taken on an epic aural and emotional ride through D'Netto's score, which is vibrant with layered textures, vertical rhythms, lyricism and starkness, as well as sweeping movement. Although The Call is D'Netto's first opera, there is a maturity in his opera composing." As a result of the opera's success, Connor was awarded the 2022 Albert H Maggs Award.

In 2021 Connor was the recipient of the APRA AMCOS Professional Development Award in the Classical/Experimental category. Early in the year The Australian listed Connor as one of their "21 Hottest Creative Artists of 2021". In 2019, Connor was the Composer-In-Residence of the 2019 Australian Festival of Chamber Music, the youngest in the Festival's history. Connor has also held residencies and fellowships with the prolific New York new-music collective Bang On A Can in 2017 and with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2016.

Connor has been awarded numerous other prizes including an APRA Art Music Fund Award 2018, the Brisbane City Council's Lord Mayor's Young and Emerging Artists Fellowship 2018, a Brisbane Arts and Cultural Innovation Award 2017, the Percy Brier Memorial Composition Prize 2016, and the Donald Tugby Musicology Prize and Scholarship 2015 and the Australian New Works Award 2015.

Connor is the Co-Director of the Brisbane-based non-profit organisation Dots+Loops, Australia's post-genre music and arts series, inclusively exploring the spaces in between a traditional classical concert, an underground club gig, and an experimental art show. Dots+Loops creates spaces that transcend the barriers that divide genres, artforms, and communities. Through the arts Dots+Loops aim to build social networks and address social and artistic inequity. Connor was the artistic director, producer, and co-founder of the Brisbane-based contemporary classical concert series "Argo", for which he was shortlisted as a finalist in the "Excellence by an Individual" category of the 2018 APRA AMCOS Art Music Awards.

As a performer, Connor explores the intersections of experimental electronica, ambient and electroacoustic music, combining hardware synthesisers, live instruments, guitar pedals and DIY creations. Often collaborating with other artists, he creates visceral immersive experiences, and raw, tender and emotional sounds straddling across musical worlds. Past collaborations include a duo project alongside American cellist Ben Baker, which in 2018 undertook a tour in Australia with four shows along the east coast, including a performance in the line-up of City Recital Hall's all-day new-music festival Extended Play.

Connor is a trained classical singer, performing throughout Australia. He is a talented photographer, videographer and visual-artist, creating artworks for gallery exhibits and installations, and collaborating with artists internationally.

Connor completed his Masters of Music at the Royal College of Music in London. He is a Tait Trust Scholar at the Royal College of Music, and his studies were further supported by the Australian Music Foundation Award, the Brisbane City Council Lord Mayor's Young and Emerging Artists Fellowship, the Tait Performing Arts Association, a Churchie Foundation Scholarship, The Julian Baring Award and by the Big Give Campaign at RCM. Connor has a Bachelor of Music (Honours, First-Class) from the University of Queensland, where he currently holds a position as an adjunct lecturer.

More about Connor and his work can be found at www.connordnetto.com.

Connor D'Netto — current to March 2023

Studied with

Stephen Stanfield (2010 - 2011)

Robert Davidson (2013)

William Mival


Teacher/Influence on

Jennifer Hankin (2020)

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2023 Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Dramatic Finalist The Call
2022 Albert H Maggs Composition Award First Prize The Call
2021 APRA Professional Development Award (Art Music) Winner
2018 Art Music Awards: Award for Excellence by an Individual Finalist Outstanding Artistic Direction of ARGO during 2017

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample White Flowers : after wood and garden (2023) Commissioned by Canberra Symphony Orchestra.
Digital sheet music sample Seven Percent Etudes : 3 etudes for piano (2023) Commissioned by Coady Green.
The Call : opera (2022) THE CALL, composed by Connor D’Netto, libretto by Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall, was commissioned by Opera Queensland and Brisbane Festival, in association with FLUXUS.
Digital sheet music sample Of Saying Nothing : for two violins (2022) Commissioned by Courtenay Cleary with the support of the University of Queensland.
Digital sheet music sample Many Passes and Yearnings : quintet for SSMTB voices (2022) Commissioned by Luminescence Chamber Singers.
Digital sheet music sample Uncertain Planning : for orchestra (2021) This work was made possible through the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s 50 Fanfares Project and was commissioned by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, supported by Christine Bishop.