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Rosalind Page : Represented Artist

Composing merges subtones of interconnectedness flowing through art and science.

Random Audio Sample: Courbe dominante : for flutes and Saturnian sound spectra by Rosalind Page, from the CD Flute vox

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Composer and writer Rosalind Page creates music that moves seamlessly between acoustic and electronic realms. The breadth of her landscape of inspiration creates poetic dramaturgical interconnections across sound, image and text.

Rosalind 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, Rosalind 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, James Eccles, Marshall McGuire, Roland Peelman, Kelly Lovelady, Ensemble Offsping, the NOISE Quartet, Sydney Philharmonia Choir, Canberra International Music Festival, Syzergy Ensemble, Anna Svensdotter, Geoffrey Burgess, Choral Arts Philadelphia and Philadelphia Bach Collegium (USA), Pierre Yves-Artaud, Orchestre de Flûtes Français (France), Kreutzer Quartet (UK), Ruthless Jabiru (UK) and the Latvian Radio Chamber Singers.

Recipient of a Highly Commended Award in the 2004 Paul Lowin Orchestral Prize, Rosalind'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 has taught aesthetics and history of film sound and music at the University of Sydney, composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the University of New South Wales, scripted original works for theatre and film and set texts in French, Russian, Latin, German, Spanish, Sanskrit, Kalkatungu, Icelandic and Latvian. International residences include Visby International Composers' Centre (VICC, Sweden), CAMAC, Marnay-sur-Seine, (France), Herhusid (Iceland), Leighton Artists' Colony, Banff Centre (Canada) and Imogen Holt's Residency through the Britten-Pears Foundation (UK).

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 2010 Ian Reed Foundation ABC writer-in-residence. In 2014, she received an Australia Council for the Arts Music Fellowship to create new international works. In 2017, Rosalind's vocal works were honoured by inclusion as required contemporary repertoire in the prestigious 10th International Hilde Zadek Vocal Competition. She attended the Grand Final performances at the Musikverein, Vienna.

Rosalind Page — current to May 2018

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.
Nous sommes embarqués : string quartet (2011) Commissioned by Musica Viva Australia, Silo String Quartet.
ata whenua : for violin, cello and piano (2011) Commissioned for Musica Viva Australia by Arnold and Mary Bram
Piano trio : piano trio (2011) Commissioned for Musica Viva by Arnold and Mary Bram
Pirrki-pirrki : bloodwood (2009) Commissioned by The Song Company.