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Eve Duncan : Represented Artist

Behind the material world is a deeper world of inspiration, mathematics, spiritual beings and psychological archetypes; a living, breathing reality of invisibility. Composing is the means by which I swim through this sea of complex activity, trying to understand what influences human, animal and mineral evolution.

Random Audio Sample: The Arc of the Day : piano quintet by Eve Duncan, from the CD Celebrating twenty years

Photo of Eve Duncan

Photo: Siri Hayes

Eve Duncan gained her Doctorate of Creative Arts at Western Sydney University with Bruce Crossman and Clare Maclean, her Master of Music at the University of Melbourne with Brenton Broadstock, and Honours in Music Composition at Latrobe University with Anthony Briggs. Her composition awards include the International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition (Greece, First Prize), Recital Music Double Bass Composition Competition (Great Britain, Second Prize), International Modern Music Award for Composition (Vienna, Third Prize) and the APRA Composition Award. She was Composer of Honour at the Australian Composers Series XVIII at Monash University in 2010.

She composed The Aspern Papers, an opera based upon a short story by Henry James with a libretto by David Malouf. Her orchestral music has been performed by the National Symphony of Thailand (Buddha on Mars) and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Josefino Chino Toledo (Approaching Venice). Her music has incorporated the non-musical mathematics of the coastal architecture of Andrea Palladio (The Aspern Papers), and modernist architects Jørn Utzon (Sydney Opera House, a piano concerto performed by Michael Kieran Harvey), WoodMarsh Architects (Butterfly Modernism for piano quintet) and Chancellor and Patrick (The Butterfly House for piano quintet).

Her involvement in South East Asia since 1995 has been pivotal in the development of her Australian voice. Her music has been performed at the Asian Composers' League Conference and Festivals in Taiwan (1998 & 2015), Thailand (2002 & 1995), the Philippines (2015 & 1997), Israel (2004), Korea (2009 & 2002), Vietnam (2016) and at the 1999 ISCM Festival (Romania), Asian Music Week (Japan), International Week of New Music (Bucharest, Romania), Meetings of New Music (Braila, Romania), the Virginia Woolf International Seminar (Colorado, USA), Music of the Whole World Festival (Switzerland) and the IAWM Festival (Korea). She has been an Executive Committee of the Asian Composers League and Chair of the Melbourne Composers League.

She was commissioned for the Joseph Beuys & Rudolf Steiner: Imagination, Inspiration and Intuition at the National Gallery of Victoria. Her environmental music Dredge with photographer Siri Hayes was commissioned by Arts Victoria.

Her CDs include Butterfly Modernism, Curiosities, Recorded Messages: Violin (Move Records) and Fireflies (Mickey Finn Records). Piano solos have been commissioned by Michael Kieran Harvey and Danae Killian.

Eve Duncan — current to July 2019

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample The Seasons of St Mark (solo piano) (2021) Commissioned by Michael Kieran Harvey.
Aer Turas : Air Journey (2018) Commissioned by Sirius Ensemble for their Elements series
Digital sheet music sample Alexander's Elements : for flute, Bb clarinet and bassoon (2018) Commissioned by Sirius Chamber Ensemble.
Digital sheet music sample Heat for Hattie : for solo trumpet (2018) Commissioned by Harriet Rayson.
From a Star Afar : for piano (2018) Written for the anniversary of Move Records in 2018
Digital sheet music sample Stars : for choir and wind quintet (2016) Commissioned by Astra Choir

Analysis & Media

- Program note: Eve Duncan's "Below the Star Stretched Sky"

- Program note: Eve Duncan's "The Submerged City"