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Tim Dargaville : Represented Artist

Music can take your breath away. Render you speechless for a time. That's the kind of experience I strive to create...

Random Audio Sample: Night song (solo piano) by Tim Dargaville, from the CD Blue wrens

Photo of Tim Dargaville

Photo: Rosalie Hastwell

Tim Dargaville (b.1962) is a composer, pianist, percussionist, and teacher who is a distinctive voice in recent Australian contemporary music. Central to his work is a nurturing of authentic musical expression that encompasses cultural diversity. As a composer/pianist, Tim Dargaville has studied under eminent Australian musicians Richard Meale, Keith Humble and Michael Kieran Harvey, and as percussionist he has worked with, amongst others, master drummer Kobla Ladzekpo (Ghana/USA) and Sri TAS Mani at the celebrated Karnataka College of Percussion (India). Also a well-known music educator with a longstanding career in tertiary and secondary education, Tim Dargaville has taught in the faculties of the Sir Zelman Cowan School of Music, Monash University, the Victorian College of the Arts, and the Music Department of La Trobe University, amongst other educational environments. He is currently based at the University of Melbourne, completing a PhD in music composition and teaching at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

Compositions include work for the concert platform, as well as music and sound design for theatre productions, and have received international recognition with performances at the Warsaw Autumn Festival (Poland), the Unerhörte Musik series (Berlin), the East-West Music and Dance Encounter (India), the Wigmore Hall Masters Series (London, UK), and the Rotterdam Bach Festival (the Netherlands). In Australia, music has been broadcast on ABC national television, featured in the Melbourne and Sydney International Festivals, awarded the prestigious Albert Maggs award, the Jean Bogan prize and an Ian Potter Music Commission. Compositions have also been nominated for both Sounds Australian and Green Room Awards for best new work.

Recent collaborations have occurred with internationally renowned oboist Diana Doherty (In the Spirit House for oboe and piano), Adishakti Theatre Arts Laboratory, India (Kolam, for 5 percussionists), the Melbourne Theatre Company (Tribes), the Australian Virtuosi (Negra IV for 2 pianos and 2 percussionists), and acclaimed pianist Michael Kieran Harvey (Alba and Negra I for solo piano). Publishers include Red House Editions, Reed Music, the Keys Press, and La Trobe University Press, and recordings have been released on Universal, ABC Classics, Move Records, and the Divine Art (UK) labels.

In 2017 Tim Dargaville was the subject of a composer portrait concert 'Speaking in Tongues' held at the Salon at the Melbourne Recital Centre, and broadcast nationally on ABC FM. He has also been the recipient of two Asialink Artists Residencies, researching the South Indian vocal percussion art form konnakol, and its creative potential for generating new music. His PhD practic-based research in this area has been recently published internationally in the 2017 publication Perspectives on Artistic Research (eds Burke and Onsman, Rowman and Little)

Tim Dargaville — current to December 2017

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2014 Albert H Maggs Composition Award First Prize
2003 Ian Potter Music Commission Commission Rubia
1999 Jean Bogan Prize for Piano Composition Winner Negra I

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Kolam : for saxophone quartet (2012) Funded through Pozible.
Digital sheet music sample The path to the high ground : for cello, piano and percussion (2008) Commissioned by Bernadette Balkus.
Digital sheet music sample Crossing the borderland : for soprano/alto saxophone, violin, cello and piano (2008) Commissioned by Christina Leonard.
Enlightenment (trios: piano, guitar, cello) (2007) Commissioned by Melbourne Theatre Company.
Invisible dances (septets: flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, harp, violin, cello) (2006) Commissioned by Sonic Art Ensemble.
Cruel and tender (vocal trios) (2005) Commissioned by Melbourne Theatre Company.