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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: Clown puppet : for mixed ensemble by Katherine Rawlings, from the CD Apéritif

Photo of Katherine Rawlings

Photo: Luke Nailer

Katherine Rawlings, a Melbourne-based composer, is celebrated for her stylistically thematic and emotive music that weaves inspiration from nature, visual art, and literature. Proficient in both piano and violin, her compositions often find their home in the resonant tones of piano and strings. For over 25 years, her works have been performed worldwide by esteemed soloists and ensembles including Australian String Trio, Trio Anima Mundi, Collision Theory, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, The Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra, The Crossing Machine and The Linus Ensemble.

Katherine's work often thrives on collaborations with musicians, painters, film directors, authors, and illustrators and many of her compositions have been inspired by these diverse influences. 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 the artist in residence in 2017 for Wesley College Melbourne and has been a guest speaker at the University of Melbourne's Conservatorium of Music, as well as at Monash University's Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and Performance.

Katherine has studied under many accomplished mentors in Australia, including Katy Abbott, Brenton Broadstock, Mary Finsterer, Stuart Greenbaum, Richard Mills, Terumi Narushima and Johanna Selleck. Her expertise has earned her recognition as an award-winning composer, and her compositions are distributed nationally and internationally through her website, www.katherinerawlings.com, and the Australian Music Centre.

Katherine Rawlings — current to March 2024

Awards & Prizes

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

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Bloom : for piano trio (2018) Arranged for Trio Anima Mundi 2018
Humorous : for bass violin and cello (2018) Commissioned by Alister Baker and Chien-Hsju Ong
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.