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Peter Myers : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: Entasis : for solo trumpet by Peter Myers, from the CD Celebrating twenty years

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Peter Myers (born in 1962) studied composition with Keith Humble and Theodore Dollarhide at La Trobe University, graduating with a B.A.(Hons) with First Class Honours in 1983, and with a Master of Arts in Composition in 1989. In 1989 he undertook further studies in composition with Eugene Kurtz at the University of Hartford, Connecticut, USA. Myers also holds a Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Melbourne. He is currently completing a doctorate in composition at Monash University.

Myers has composed works on commission from performers such as Elision Ensemble, Pipeline Project, Gruppo Bruno Maderna, violinist Susan Pierotti, Southbank Ensemble, Victorian College of the Arts Orchestra and the Rhapsody in Motion Project. His works have also been performed by members of the Japanese Chamber Orchestra, Tokyo Sinfonietta, Australian National Academy string ensemble, Queensland Philharmonic, Victorian State Orchestra, New Music Forum, Coruscations Ensemble, Australian String Quartet and Melbourne University Orchestra.

His works for solo instruments have been performed by Michael Kieran Harvey (piano), Bruce Petherick (piano), Christopher Redgate (oboe), Susan Pierotti (violin), Elizabeth Holowell (violin) and Erkki Veltheim (viola). Other principle performers of his works include Peter Neville (percussion), Genevieve Lacey (recorder), Mardi McSullea (flute) and many others.

Myers has been the recipient of numerous composition and academic awards including a Commonwealth Postgraduate Research Scholarship (1984), a Melbourne University Research Scholarship (1997), a Melbourne Abroad Travelling Scholarship (2000), a Graduate Research Assistance Grant (2000), the inaugural New Audience Award (1987), the Jacobena Angliss Award (1987) and the Dorian Le Gallienee Award (1991). Myers has also received seven commission grants from the Australia Council.

His works have been featured at local and international new music festivals including the 1988 ISCM World Music Days in Hong Kong, the 1992 Sendai Asian Music Festival in Japan and the 1995 Composers’ Forum on the String Quartet held in Adelaide with the Australian String Quartet. More recently, his composition entitled Whorls was performed at Asian Music Week 2000 in Yokohama, Japan; and his work for alto recorder and piano was performed at Federation Music Week, held in Melbourne in September 2001.

Myers has held teaching positions at La Trobe University (1984-1990), the University of Melbourne (1990 & 1999) and Monash University (2001). He has taught composition and music analysis privately, and has supervised postgraduate students in composition. Myers is also a brass instrumentalist (trumpet/euphonium) and since 1993 has taught brass instruments and conducted bands in several Melbourne secondary colleges.

Biography provided by the composer

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
1991 Dorian le Gallienne Composition Award Recipient

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Antipathy : mezzo-soprano voice with chamber ensemble (1988) Commissioned by Elision Ensemble.
Digital sheet music sample Vex : for solo violin (1987) Commissioned by Susan Pierotti.

Analysis & Media

- Program note: Peter Myers' "Renovatus"