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Brad Gill : Associate Artist

I try to write rich, intense, rewarding, expressive music reflecting my various music theory and performance interests as well as love of nature, literature and my explorations in aesthetics and East Asian culture and spirituality.

Random Audio Sample: Crickets : baritone voice with chamber ensemble by Brad Gill, from the CD Sideband.

Photo of Brad Gill

Photo: Peter McNamara


Brad Gill (b.1976) began serious musical studies with a focus on xylophone and percussion, later developing an interest in composition, which he explored while a student at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music (an Honours degree, a PhD, and studies in the Department of Studies in Religion) as well as the University of Western Australia. During this time he developed an interest in non-Western music, undertaking study in Javanese Gamelan and Tabla, as well as studying jazz vibraphone in addition to composition studies, resulting in a broad musicality and highly individual and compositional style.

He has written for a wide range of music ensembles, from symphony orchestra to solo piano, with a focus on music for percussion and voice. Gill's focus is on experimentation with rhythmic and formal elements, and microtonal harmony as well as incorporating developments in atonal theory.

His music has been performed by a range of ensembles and soloists, including the Song Company, Ensemble Offspring, members of Elision, Western Australia Symphony Orchestra New Music Ensemble under Roger Smalley, Australian Piano Quartet, pianists Kerry Yong, conductor Barry Webb, and the Sydney Conservatorium Percussion Ensemble. A number of works have been recorded for broadcast by the ABC.

As a percussionist Gill has performed in a variety of ensembles, with a focus on participating in performances of his own music. More recently this activity has expanded into performing works of a number of colleagues, including Chris Williams, esteemed composer Bozidar Kos as well as Tristan Coehlo and Peter McNamara with whom he formed 'Sideband', a composer collective which released its first CD in 2014.

He has been involved in music education for a number of years, teaching composition, analysis and performance related subjects at the Sydney Conservatorium since 2000, as well as teaching courses at the University of Newcastle, Australian International Conservatorium of Music and various high schools in Sydney.

Brad Gill — current to 2014

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Like writing on water (solo piano) (2015) Commissioned by Daniel Herscovitch.

Analysis & Media

- Program note: One word full of meaning...