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Caerwen Martin : Represented Artist

Caerwen Martin writes for acoustic and amplified instruments as well as electronic-based works. Their work is inspired by science, the environment, dreams, issues of social significance, LGBTI+ rights, spirituality and religion, and significant emotional experiences.

Random Audio Sample: Harp : (yet to be assigned) by Caerwen Martin, from the CD This is where life leads us


Photo of Caerwen Martin

Photo: Ana Verve Portraits


Caerwen Martin writes acoustic and amplified performance-based scores and digital and analogue works, often combining these practices. Their work is inspired by science, the environment, dreams, issues of social significance, LGBTI+ rights, spirituality and religion, and significant emotional experiences. Caerwen works in graphic, alternative and conventional notation, using visual art practices such as photography and free-hand sketching to access intuitive creativity.

Caerwen's composition career output is extensive, reaching international media, live audiences and performing artists. Working with intuitive practices in graphic, alternative and conventional notation, their works include commissions for orchestra, chamber ensemble, solo artists, choir, film, dance and theatre. Caerwen has over 20 years international touring experience performing their compositions and improvisations, and new works of highly regarded Australian and International contemporary composers. Tours include the USA, Western Europe, Scandinavia, the Balkans, South Africa, Japan, Taipei, New Zealand, and extensively across Australia. Caerwen also works in film and television as a composer, cellist and actor and has composed for feature films and award-winning art house films. Caerwen is the artistic director and founding member of Silo String Quartet, established in 1998. Their compositions for SiloSQ receive regular airplay and performances in Australia and USA. Awards include the Catherine Mary Sullivan Scholarship for excellence, The Orloff Family Trust Scholarship, The Guitar Perspectives Award for Excellence, the Sir John T Reid Scholarship, The RTP Scholarship, the Athenaeum Prize, and the Perth Modern School Scholarship.


Caerwen Martin — current to July 2022

Teacher/Influence on

Robert McIntyre (2019 - 2021)

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample The Bridge : for percussion octet (2022) Commissioned by Timothy Phillips for performance by Presbyterian Ladies College, Melbourne.
Digital sheet music sample Sea Suite : for mixed quintet (2022) Written for Inventi Ensemble as part of a dedication of David Wright's Sea Windows which are permanently placed in St John the Evangelist Church Flinders, Victoria 2022.
Digital sheet music sample I Am Who I Am : for Vocal and String Ensemble (2021) Written in honour of Yvonne Sillett for Artistic Director Miranda Hill and the Homophonic! RESPECT commissioning project. The creation of this work is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria. February 2021
Digital sheet music sample The Big Blue : for Youth Orchestra (2020) Commissioned for the New Overtures Project
The Book Beneath My Bed : for mixed quintet (2019) Commissioned by Ben Opie and Melissa Doecke of Inventi Ensemble
Digital sheet music sample The Beauty of Now : for flute and piano (2019) Commissioned by the Anderson family for the 80th Birthday of Angela Anderson