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Rohan Phillips : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: 7 fragments after Paul Celan : large chamber ensemble by Rohan Phillips, from the CD Flute Perspectives Volume 2

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Photo: Bronwyn Phillips

Rohan Phillips is a composer currently residing in Bendigo, Victoria. He was born in Maryborough (Victoria) in 1971 and grew up in a musical family, playing trumpet with the Bendigo Symphony Orchestra, and singing in the choir of St Paul's Cathedral (Bendigo).

Early efforts in composition were encouraged by his cousin, Helen Gifford, who continues to be an influence and mentor. In 1988 Phillips commenced composition studies at the Canberra School of Music and graduated with a Master of Music (Composition) in 1997.

Philips's compositions include works for solo, chamber, vocal and orchestra ensembles. His work Poem/Eleven hours... was performed in Hobart as part of the Australian Composers' Orchestral Forum. In April 2005 Phillips directed the first performance of his most significant work to date, Seven Fragments after Paul Celan, for chamber ensemble with voices.

As a conductor Rohan has worked with a variety of ensembles including the Bendigo Chorale (1998-2008) and the Bendigo Symphony Orchestra (2008-2018). Rohan is currently musical director of the choir of St Paul's Cathedral, Bendigo, a position he's held since 2007. He works as Arts Officer with the City of Greater Bendigo.

Rohan Phillips — current to January 2022

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Meditations on der Krieg : large chamber ensemble (2018) Written for the Arcko Symphonic Ensemble, after Otto Dix's «Der Krieg»
Digital sheet music sample Three arias for orchestra (after Ezra Pound) : full orchestra (1998) Composed for Australian Composers' Orchestral Forum (ACOF) 1998
Digital sheet music sample Poem, eleven hours : full orchestra (1996) Written for the 1996 Australian Composers' Orchestral Forum (ACOF) to be held with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
Digital sheet music sample Odyssey : full orchestra : youth orchestra (1994) Commissioned for performance by a combination of the Bendigo Symphony and Youth Orchestras