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Brent Davies : Associate Artist

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Born: 1956 Idaho USA

The second of five children of a single working mother, I grew up in a small country town in eastern Oregon. From age ten till I left school, my music experience was limited to playing cello in the local community orchestra and singing in the school choir.

At Stanford University, I completed the studies for a BA in Music under teachers such as Leonard Ratner (theory) and Lou Harrison (composition), while also working toward a BA in Linguistics. I graduated with the latter in 1978 and spent the next 18 years as a technical writer, migrating to Australia in 1987 and becoming a citizen in 1992.

In October 1996 I began studying composition with Mark Pollard at the Victorian College of the Arts, and in August 1998 was offered Associate representation by the Australian Music Centre. There have been no performances to date of my (mostly orchestral) music.

When it comes to strong beliefs about music and composition, I'll state two:

  1. That melody, beauty and proportion don't have to be treated like step-children anymore
  2. That competition age limits aren't very fair to new composers over 40

Biography provided by the composer — current to September 2005