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David Joseph : Represented Artist

Random Audio Sample: Study for strings : string orchestra by David Joseph, from the CD Selected works. Volume 2

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David Joseph was born in Melbourne in 1954. He completed his secondary schooling in Hobart and studied at the University of Tasmania for two years before transferring to the Elder Conservatorium at the University of Adelaide in 1975 to study with Richard Meale.

In 1980 Joseph graduated from the Elder Conservatorium with a Bachelor of Music degree with first-class honours in composition, and was invited to participate in the first Summer School for Young Composers in Sydney. He was awarded a Commonwealth University Post Graduate Research Fellowship and enrolled fulltime at the University of Adelaide in the degree of Master of Music.

In 1982 he travelled to Spain and Italy on an International Fellowship for Composers from the Music Board of the Australia Council.

In 1986 he was commissioned by the Adelaide Chamber Orchestra to compose a work for the orchestra's tenth anniversary concert series. This work, entitled The Dream, was premiered at the Adelaide Town Hall on 13th September, 1986.

David Joseph has received numerous commissions, including those from Die Kammermusik Zurich (String Trio, 1987), the Australian Dance Theatre (The Golden Slave, 1987), the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (Clarinet Concerto, 1987), and the Adelaide Chamber Orchestra (Horn Concerto, 1988, and Symphony for Solo Organ and String Orchestra, 1989).

Having worked fulltime as a composer between 1988 and 1991, Joseph enrolled at the University of Melbourne for a Master of Music degree in Composition in 1992. He was employed as a tutor at the University of Melbourne between 1993 and 1995.

Biography provided by the composer — current to September 2005

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
1997 Albert H Maggs Composition Award First Prize Rhapsody

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Chamber concerto for piano and strings (piano with string orchestra) (1991) Commissioned by Spiros Rantos, for the Rantos Collegium.
Trio : for violin, viola and cello (1987) Commissioned by Die Kammermusiker Zurich.