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David Hush : Associate Artist

Far from viewing the role of performers as solely technical, Hush sees collaboration between composer and performer as a collaboration of artists...

Random Audio Sample: Quarks (solo piano) by David Hush, from the CD Harmony

Photo of David Hush


Artist website: http://www.hushedition.com

After completing degrees in Arts and Music at the University of Sydney, David Hush was the first Australian applicant to be awarded a Graduate Fellowship in Music at Princeton. While at Princeton he studied with the influential composer and theorist Milton Babbitt, earning a Master of Fine Arts and a PhD. On completing his PhD Hush remained in Princeton until 1993, when he returned to Australia and took up a composer residency at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Hush has written works spanning solo instrumental, chamber ensemble, choral and orchestral idioms. They have been performed, recorded and broadcast in North and South America, the UK, Europe, Israel, Australia and South Korea.

Hush has received fellowships and awards from, inter alia, Princeton University, the Hinrichsen Foundation, and the New Jersey State Council On the Arts. In addition, he has received the Ignaz Friedman Prize, was named the first recipient of the Schoenberg Award in 1984, and has received numerous awards from ASCAP.

Hush's Sonata for Violin Solo was recorded by the American violinist Zina Schiff as the centrepiece of King David's Lyre, the disc released in celebration of Jerusalem's 3,000th anniversary.

The Australian Festival of Chamber Music has featured Contrapunctus as performed by Dene Olding and Irena Morozova from the Goldner Quartet, and Two Songs for Flute and Piano as played by Lorna McGhee and Piers Lane.

Hush's Sonata, recorded by renowned authority on Australian piano music Jeanell Carrigan, was included as part of her CD, Narratives and Detours, released by the Australian Music Centre in 2012.

28 May 2013 witnessed a symbolic handshake between music and science in Australia with the world premieres of two works commissioned by the Australian Academy of Science: Celtic Runes and Largo. They were performed by Virginia Taylor (flute) and Kristen Sutcliffe (bassoon) and were presented by Professor Suzanne Cory AC President of the Academy.

On 14 August 2014 the world premiere of Hush's first Piano Trio was given by Jeanell Carrigan, Goetz Richter and Minah Choe at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

In 2017 Hush received six world premieres of pieces written for the double bass by Elsen Price in Sydney and Hobart.

On 27 February 2020 Anna Da Silva Chen gave the world premiere of Hush's Partita for Solo Violin under the joint auspices of the Royal Society of NSW and the Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts.

Hush writes:

'Far from viewing the role of performers as solely technical, I see collaboration between composer and performer as a collaboration of artists. If the performer is an artist, he or she will confer on a piece an interpretation that is unique. I learn a great deal from such interpretation. I learn not only about the piece at issue but also about more general possibilities of creating with sounds.'

David Hush — current to September 2021

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Partita for Solo Violin : violin solo (2019) Commissioned by the Royal Society of NSW.
Digital sheet music sample Contrapunctus no. 2 : violin and viola duo (2019) Commissioned to be premiered by Michelle Urquhart and Marco van Pagee in 2019
Night songs : wind quintet (2016) Commissioned for Windfall (ensemble).
Melodia : violin solo (2016) Commissioned by Zina Schiff.

Analysis & Media

- Video: Contrapunctus, by David Hush