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Eve Christina 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 Christina Duncan, from the CD Celebrating twenty years

Photo of Eve Christina Duncan

Photo: Siri Hayes

In 2021 Eve was commissioned by the Strings of Unity, the Philippines to compose Wooden Boat, Little Star and Archer for the rondalla. In 2020 Sirius Ensemble commissioned Murakami's Moons, which was awarded the Excellence Prize by Thaksin University in 2021.Recently she composed the opera The Aspern Papers, with a libretto by David Malouf. A concert presentation was recorded in Melbourne's Recital Centre and the podcast can be heard at https://www.abc.net.au/classic/new-waves/feed/9089554/podcast.xml . The overture, Approaching Venice, was premiered by the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Josefino Chino Toledo. Her orchestral Buddha on Mars was premiered by the National Symphony of Thailand.

Eve has inserted the mathematics of coastal modernist architecture into music in her piano concerto Sydney Opera House and the piano quintets Butterfly Modernism and The Butterfly House, all premiered by Michael Kieran Harvey.

Indigenous performers Amos Roach (2001) and Tom E. Lewis (1999) premiered Eve's didjeridu and string orchestra music. She has collaborated with photographer Siri Hayes and indigenous poet Lisa Bellear.

Her music has been performed at the Asian Composers League Conference and Festival in Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Israel and Korea, the 1999 ISCM Festival (Romania), Asian Music Week (Japan), International Week of New Music (Bucharest), Meetings of New Music (Braila), Virginia Woolf International Seminar (Colorado), Music of the Whole World Festival (Switzerland) and the IAWM Festival (Korea).

Her art gallery performances include the Joseph Beuys and Rudolf Steiner Blackboard Exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, Dredge with photographer Siri Hayes Linden Gallery, Gallerysmith, Mornington Peninsular Regional Art Gallery and Latrobe Regional Gallery.

Eve Duncan holds a Doctorate of Creative Arts from Western Sydney University, with Bruce Crossman and Clare MacLean, Master of Music from the University of Melbourne with Brenton Broadstock, and Honours in Music Composition from Latrobe University with Anthony Briggs. Her composition awards are the International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition (Greece), Recital Music Double Bass Composition Competition (England), and the International Modern Music Award for Composition (Vienna), and two APRA Composition Awards. She was Composer of Honour at the Australian Composers Series XVIII at Monash University in 2010. She has twice served on the Executive Committee of the Asian Composers League and has chaired the Melbourne Composers League several times. She founded the Melbourne Composers League in 1994.

Her solo CDs are Elephantasy, Butterfly Modernism, Curiosities and Recorded Messages: Violin.

Eve Duncan — current to July 2022

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Runner of light : for string orchestra and didjeridu Commissioned by First Nations didjeridu player Tom E. Lewis in 2000
Digital sheet music sample The Seasons of St Mark (solo piano) (2021) Commissioned by Michael Kieran Harvey.
Murakami's Moons : for Bb clarinet and cello (2021) Commissioned by Sirius Chamber Ensemble.
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.

Analysis & Media

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

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