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Rosalind Page : Represented Artist

Composing merges subtones of interconnectedness flowing through art and science.

Random Audio Sample: Zerkalo (Mirror) (string quartets with live electronics) by Rosalind Page, from the CD Composed noise

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Composer and writer Rosalind Page creates music that moves seamlessly between acoustic and electronic realms, creating poetic dramaturgical interconnections across sound, image and text. Page studied composition at Sydney Conservatorium of Music from 1990-91 with further studies in North America, graduating with a B.A. (Mus) Summa cum laude from the University of Delaware, USA. In 1994, she was honoured as a winner of the University of Delaware's Edward H. Rosenberry Award for Excellence in Writing.

Upon her return to Australia, Page undertook a Master of Arts (Theatre and Film Studies) in 1996 at UNSW, researching sound and image relationships in the films of Andrei Tarkovsky and Wim Wenders. In 2006, she completed her PhD in Composition with Ross Edwards at the University of Sydney.

Diverse musical interests have culminated in working with Gamelan Lake of the Silver Bear (USA), Melbourne Theatre Company, New Music Tasmania, Sydney Spring International Festival of New Music, Halcyon, Sydney Youth Orchestra, The Song Company, Sydney Philharmonia, OneExtra, Critical Path, NOISE and Firebird Ensemble (USA), Chronology Arts, Satsuki Odamura, Maya Kanamori, The Marais Project, Tommie Anderson, Saguaro Trio, Australian String Quartet, Claire Edwardes, Mark Knoop, Geoffrey Gartner, Jane Sheldon, Zubin Kanga, William Barton, Laura Chislett-Jones, Ensemble Offsping, The NOISE Quartet, Sydney Philharmonia Choir, Anna Svensdotter, Geoffrey Burgess, Choral Arts Philadelphia and Philadelphia Bach Collegium, Pierre Yves-Artaud, Orchestre de Flûtes Français and Kreutzer Quartet (UK).

As composer/sound designer and dramaturg, Rosalind Page has created sonic environments for Mary Sitarenos's world premiere production Red Shoes (2003), for choreographer Dean Walsh's Back From Front (2006), electronic music for Dean's solo unspeakable, with performances in Japan and the multimedia dancework In Repose (2009).

Recipient of a Highly Commended Award in the prestigious 2004 Paul Lowin Orchestral Prize, Page's major work Fracture, a noh play for cello and orchestra (2004) - an interpretation of Shakespeare's King Lear and Akira Kurosawa's RAN - was written especially for virtuosic cellist Geoff Gartner. In 2006, her acclaimed song cycle Sonetos del Amor Oscuro (2004), setting texts in Spanish by Federico García Lorca, was awarded the 2006 Paul Lowin Song Cycle Prize.

Rosalind Page has taught aesthetics and history of film sound and music at the University of Sydney, composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, scripted original works for theatre and film and set texts in French, Russian, Latin, German, Spanish, Sanskrit, Kalkatungu and Icelandic. International residences have included Visby International Composers' Centre (VICC, Sweden), CAMAC, Marnay-sur-Seine, (France), Herhusid (Iceland) and the Leighton Artists' Colony, Banff Centre (Canada).

Visiting Fellow 2009-10, Creative Practice and Research Unit, School of English, Media and Performing Arts, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UNSW, Rosalind was also honoured as 2010 Ian Reed Foundation ABC Writer-in-Residence. In 2014 Rosalind received a prestigious Australia Council for the Arts Music Fellowship to create new works.

Rosalind Page — current to December 2016

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2006 Paul Lowin Song Cycle Prize Winner Sonetos del amor oscuro
2004 Paul Lowin Orchestral Prize Highly Commended Fracture

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Being and time III: Paradiso : for cello and dice (2015) Commissioned for the 2015 Canberra International Music Festival Barbara Blackman Lecture.
Zerkalo (Mirror) (string quartets with live electronics) (2013) Commissioned by The NOISE.
Piano trio : piano trio (2011) Commissioned for Musica Viva by Arnold and Mary Bram
Nous sommes embarqués : string quartet (2011) Commissioned by Silo String Quartet, Musica Viva Australia.
ata whenua : for violin, cello and piano (2011) Commissioned for Musica Viva Australia by Arnold and Mary Bram
Pirrki-pirrki : bloodwood (2009) Commissioned by Song Company.