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Nicole Murphy : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: 'Dearest mother...' : soprano with ensemble by Nicole Murphy, from the CD War letters

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Nicole Murphy's music has been described as "exquisite and sensitive" (Sydney Morning Herald), "strong and compelling" (Loudmouth) and "full of exhilarating tension" (Arts Knoxville). She has been commissioned by eminent arts organisations including the Australian Ballet, the Royal Academy of Dance (London), the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Experiments in Opera/Symphony Space (New York), Orchestra Victoria, Wild Rumpus (San Francisco), Chamber Sounds (Singapore), and the Definiens Project (Los Angeles). Her music has been performed by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, NOWensemble (New York), Alarm Will Sound (US), Ars Nova (Dallas), and Halcyon (Sydney), and has been programmed at numerous festivals, including the Mizzou International Music Festival, the Norfolk/Yale Chamber Music Festival (Connecticut), the Dallas Festival of Modern Music, the Nief Norf Festival (Tennessee), the Risuonanze Festival (Italy), and the Vox Feminae Festival (Tel Aviv).

Nicole is the recipient of various awards, including the inaugural Layton Composer Fellowship at the University of NSW (2018), Ensemble Offspring's Noisy Women Commission (2019), the MAFB International Commissioning Prize (2015), and the Theodore Front International Orchestral Prize (2013). She has been a Composer Fellow at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology's 'Intimacy of Creativity' program (2018) and a Resident Composer at the Mizzou International Composers Festival (2019). Her piano trio, Spinning Top, was included on ABC Classic 2019 release, 'Women of Note: A Century of Australian Music'.

Nicole is the Composer-in-Residence at the Queensland Academy for Creative Industries and teaches composition at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University. She holds a PhD from the University of Queensland.

Nicole Murphy — current to October 2019

Studied with

Gerard Brophy (2001 - 2004)

Gerardo DiriƩ (2009 - 2011)

Robert Davidson (2013 - 2016)


Teacher/Influence on

Alexander Voltz

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2017 Iceberg New Music - Call for scores Winner Untangled
2016 nief-norf Summer Festival - call for scores Winner Stolen

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Glimpse (duos: 2 pianos (8 hands)) Commissioned as part of the Momentum III Sue-W Covid-19 Special commissions
Anamnesis (octets: 4 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos) Commissioned for Musica Viva Australia by Barry & Diana Moore in support of Australian composition.
Digital sheet music sample Untangled : sextet (2011) Composed for the 2011 Dallas Festival of Modern Music

Analysis & Media

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