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Katherine Rawlings : Represented Artist

'My music tells a story. It seeks to portray musically a fragment of the human experience...'

Random Audio Sample: Bloom : for solo violin by Katherine Rawlings, from the CD From Earth to Sky


Photo of Katherine Rawlings

Photo: Luke Nailer

Katherine is a Melbourne-based composer of music that is stylistically thematic and emotive. Her work draws inspiration from nature, visual art and literature. In 2014 - 2015 she collaborated with author Ailsa Wild and illustrator Simon Howe as composer, producer, concert curator and publisher for Anthea's Garden the illustrated children's book with music. She was artist in residence 2017 for Wesley College Melbourne where Anthea's Garden was featured in performance and was the subject for a series of music workshops.

Katherine founded the Linus Ensemble in 2016 to build community and support local composers, performers and artists in the northern suburbs of Melbourne. Her music has been performed/commissioned in Australia, France, Canada, Germany, Singapore, New Zealand and U.K. by numerous performers including: Trio Anima Mundi, Linus Ensemble, Collision Theory, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria and The Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra.

Katherine has been a guest speaker at the University of Melbourne and Monash University and has studied with some of the most accomplished composers in Australia. She won the Dorian Le Gallienne Composition Award 2003, holds a Bachelor of Music from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, a Master of Music from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and her works are sold and distributed nationally and internationally through www.katherinerawlings.com and the Australian Music Centre.


Katherine Rawlings — current to July 2020

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2003 Dorian le Gallienne Composition Award Recipient Remembering kindness

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Humorous : for bass violin and cello (2018) Commissioned by Alister Baker and Chien-Hsju Ong
Bloom : for piano trio (2018) Arranged for Trio Anima Mundi 2018
Digital sheet music sample Celebration song : for solo violin (2011) Written for the wedding of Luke Nailer and Katherine Rawlings
Digital sheet music sample End credits : for mixed ensemble (2005) Commissioned by German film director Iris Heller and written for the film "red lips and yellow".
Snow rising : for string orchestra (2004) Written for Alison McKie and family
Anthea's garden : for solo percussion (2003) Commissioned by Carmen Chan.