Cyrus Meurant : Associate Artist
Random Audio Sample: Ritournelle (duos: vibraphone, piano) by Cyrus Meurant, from the CD Works by Jeremy Rose, Barry Cockcroft, Eric Gross, Cyrus Meurant, Matthew Hindson, and Mary Finsterer.
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Artist website: https://cyrusmeurant.com/
Cyrus Meurant (b. 1982) studied composition and violin at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney, with teachers including Anne Boyd, Ross Edwards, Matthew Hindson, and Richard Meale. He won both the Frank Albert Prize for Music and the Sarah Teresa Makinson Prize for Composition and later studied at the Conservatoire de Paris on a Churchill Fellowship with Frédéric Durieux, as well as at the Royal Academy of Music, London and the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
One of Australia's most prolific young composers and performers, Meurant has composed for the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Signal (USA), NIDA, Orchestra Victoria, Inventi Ensemble, Omega Ensemble and the Momentum Ensemble. His music for theatre and dance has been performed around the world by companies including The Australian Ballet, Divadlo F. X. Šaldy (Czech Republic), Alleyne Dance (UK) and Dance Makers Collective and programmed at the Theatre Basel, Switzerland, The Place, London and The Adelaide Festival.
In 2018 his opera Herakleitos premiered in Germany at the Laeiszhalle Hamburg, performed by the Kreuzberger Kamerata conducted by Rebecca Lang, whilst his work, Vessel, commissioned by the Australian Chamber Orchestra, was taken on tour by the ACO Collective, directed by Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto. Meurant's critically acclaimed score for the ballet Le Petit Prince, (after Antoine de Saint-Exupéry), with choreography by Margaux Thomas, recently completed a two-year run at the Divadlo F.X. Šaldy with Meurant as solo violinist. In 2019 his work Monuments was performed by oboist Diana Doherty in the Canberra Symphony Orchestra's program Renewal.
Meurant's music is often distinguished for its economy and elegance of expression whilst being continually renewed through interdisciplinary exchanges and collaboration. Since 2012, Meurant has composed a series of dance scores for choreographer Brett Morgan - Artistic Director of the National College of Dance. Featuring Meurant's own ensemble of strings, winds and percussion, with Meurant as musical director, these works have included: The Spartans, KLASH, Wild Life, and the evening length works: Fusion and As time goes by. The Cyrus Meurant Ensemble recently premiered a new work Music for Dance and will be reprising KLASH with the National Youth Ballet in 2020.
As an arranger Meurant has worked for Anne Sofie von Otter, Terry Riley, Kamran Ince, Synergy Percussion and The Presets. In 2015 his arrangements for Taryn Fiebig and Richard Tognetti were featured in the Australian Chamber Orchestra's Helpmann Award-winning Reflections on Gallipoli, directed by Neil Armfield (*Best Symphony Orchestra Concert).
Meurant's studio albums include the 2015 solo EP Seul and the 2016 album Monday to Friday, commissioned by Beaumont Care. Monday to Friday garnered international media coverage for its contribution towards research of music in the treatment of dementia and was subsequently nominated for 'Innovation of the Year - Dementia Solution' at the 2019 Asia Pacific Eldercare Innovation Awards in Singapore. Meurant's new 10-inch vinyl EP Four Pieces featuring saxophonist Andrew Smith and Meurant on electric organ was released in December 2019.
Cyrus Meurant — current to March 2020