Ross Edwards : Represented Artist
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Artist website: http://www.rossedwards.com
Influences, styles: Landscape and Nature
One of Australia's best-known and most performed composers, Ross Edwards has created a distinctive sound world which reflects his interest in deep ecology and his belief in the need to reconnect music with elemental forces, as well as restore its traditional association with ritual and dance. His music, universal in that it is concerned with age-old mysteries surrounding humanity, is at the same time connected to its roots in Australia, whose cultural diversity it celebrates, and from whose natural environment it draws inspiration, especially birdsong and the mysterious patterns and drones of insects. As a composer living and working on the Pacific Rim, he is conscious of the exciting potential of this vast region.
Ross Edwards's compositions include five symphonies, concertos, choral, chamber and vocal music, children's music, film scores, a chamber opera and music for dance. His Dawn Mantras greeted the dawning of the new millennium from the sails of the Sydney Opera House in a worldwide telecast. His compositions often require special lighting, movement and costume. A recipient of the Order of Australia and numerous other awards, he lives in Sydney and is married with two adult children.
Recent commissions include Sacred Kingfisher Psalms for The Song Company, Ars Nova Copenhagen and the Edinburgh Festival; a Piano Sonata for Bernadette Harvey commissioned by the Sydney Conservatorium; Full Moon Dances, a saxophone concerto for Amy Dickson, the Sydney Symphony and the Australian symphony orchestras; Five Senses, a song cycle for female voice and piano to poems of Judith Wright; The Laughing Moon for the New Sydney Wind Quintet; Zodiac, an orchestral ballet score commissioned for Stanton Welch by the Houston Ballet; String Quartet No. 3, Summer Dances, commissioned by Kim Williams for Musica Viva Australia; and Animisms, for the Australia Ensemble.
Frog and Star Cycle, a double concerto commissioned for saxophonist Amy Dickson, percussionist Colin Currie and the Sydney Symphony had its resoundingly successful premiere in the Sydney Opera House in July 2016. Bright Birds and Sorrows, a major work for Amy Dickson, saxophone, and the UK based Elias Quartet, will be premiered in April 2017 at the Musica Viva Festival in Sydney. He has recently completed Entwinings for the Australian Chamber Orchestra, to be premiered in October 2017.
Ross Edwards — current to August 2016
Awards & Prizes
|2017||Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Orchestral||Finalist||Frog and star cycle|
|2015||Art Music Awards: Award for Excellence by an Individual||Winner||for his contribution to Australian chamber music|
|2013||Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Orchestral||Finalist||Full moon dances|
|2013||Paul Lowin Song Cycle Prize||Highly Commended||Five senses|
|2012||Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Orchestral||Finalist||Spirit Ground|
|2012||Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Vocal/Choral||Finalist||Sacred kingfisher psalms|
|2007||Classical Music Awards - Instrumental Work of the Year||Winner||Piano trio|
|2005||Classical Music Awards - Orchestral Work of the Year||Winner||Arafura dances|
|1997||Order of Australia||Member of the Order||For service to music as a composer|
|1989||Don Banks Music Award||Recipient|
||Koto dreaming (music theatre)||Commissioned by the Australian Institute of Eastern Music, for the 2003 Festival of Asian Music and Dance, Sydney|
||Madegascan song : chamber orchestra||Commissioned for Sydney Soloists.|
|Melbourne arioso : for solo guitar (2016)||Commissioned by Melbourne Recital Centre.|
|Arafura arioso : arranged for guitar and cello (2016)||Arranged for guitarist Rupert Boyd and his cellist wife, Laura Metcalf|
|Frog and star cycle : double concerto for alto saxophone, percussion and orchestra (2015)||Commissioned for Amy Dickson, Colin Currie, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, David Robertson.|
||Sea star fantasy : for solo piano (2015)||Commissioned by John Porter as a special tribute to his friend and partner Ann Wesley-Smith|
Analysis & Media
- Document: Ross Edwards
- Document: Composer profile – Ross Edwards, A Natural Way
- Program note: Ross Edwards' "Maninyas: Concerto for Violin and Ochrestra"
- Document: Ecstatic Dance/Edwards
- Article: Dawn of a new world symphony
- Article: In Meditative Mode
- Article: Risks in offering Ross Edwards to the young
- Review: The Song Company 18 October 1992
- Program note: Flower Songs Ross Edwards
- Program note: Martin Wesley Smith 50th Birthday Concert
- Program note: Southern Cross Chants
- Review: The Song Company Songs, Signs and Stars
- Program note: Ross Edwards' "Raft song at sunrise"
by Ross Edwards
Source: the score of this work
- Program note: Ross Edwards' "Water Spirit Song"
by Ross Edwards
Source: the score of this work
- Video: The tranquil mind, by Ross Edwards