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Andrew Schultz : Represented Artist

My aim has been to find a poverty of means that is both elemental, broadly expressive and communicative. An ideal musical world for me is one in which to change a single note alters the balance and meaning of a piece.

Random Audio Sample: Night birds : Opus 86 by Andrew Schultz, from the CD Chi's cakewalk

Photo of Andrew Schultz

Photo: Charles Foulsham

Andrew Schultz was born in Adelaide in 1960 and studied at the Universities of Queensland, Pennsylvania and King's College London. He has been the recipient of many awards in Australia and overseas, including Australia Council Fellowships, Fulbright Award, Commonwealth Scholarship, Paul Lowin Prizes, Schueler Composition Award, Maggs Award, Art Music Awards and the APRA Award.

Schultz has written in most genres including large-scale symphonic and dramatic works. His orchestral music includes three symphonies. Symphony No. 1 In tempore stellae (1998) for the Melbourne Symphony and Chorale; Symphony No. 2 Ghosts of Reason (2008) for the Adelaide Symphony; and, Symphony No 3 Century (2012) was commissioned for the Centenary of Canberra and premiered by the Canberra Symphony for an audience of 150,000. Other orchestral works include The Devil's Music (1992), Diver's Lament (1996) and Sound Lur and Serpent (2014) commissioned by the Sydney Symphony, Falling Man/Dancing Man (2005, Melbourne Symphony), Once upon a time… (2006, Queensland Symphony), Endling (2007) and Peace (2013) commissioned by the Tasmanian Symphony and Maali - Concerto for oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon (2016, West Australian Symphony Orchestra). The acclaimed symphonic cantata Journey to Horseshoe Bend (2002-03) was commissioned by Symphony Australia for the Sydney Symphony, Philharmonia Choir and the indigenous Ntaria Chorus.

His three operas have been presented live and on film internationally: Black River (1988) was awarded the Australian National Composer Opera Award and the Grand-Prix, Opera Screen at Opéra-Bastille in Paris; Going into Shadows (2000) was commissioned by the Guildhall School of Music, London and the Queensland Conservatorium; The Children's Bach (2007), was premiered by Chamber Made Opera in Melbourne and was recently performed and recorded at the Canberra International Music Festival (2019). Other choral-vocal ensemble works include Ekstasis (1990), Song of Songs (2004), and Wild flower (2006) for The Song Company, Le Molière Imaginaire (2014) for I Fagiolini and Musica Viva, Beach Burial (2009) for Sydney Philharmonia, and Southern Cantata (2017) for St John's Southgate.

Chamber works have also been widely performed, including Barren Grounds (1988), Dead Songs (1991), 12 Variations (1997), Tonic Continent (2000), The Meaning of Water (2006) and After Nina (2008). The Australia Ensemble has commissioned two works - Circle Ground for septet (1995) and One Sound for flute and string quartet (2012). He has also written four song cycles, Stille Sprache (2009), To the Evening Star (2009), I am writing in this book (2011) and Paradise (2013).

Recording releases include four CDs of Schultz's orchestral music for ABC Classics, three volumes of his chamber and chamber-vocal music on the Tall Poppies label, and solo discs of piano music with Antony Gray, chamber-vocal music with Southern Cross Soloists, and vocal ensemble music with The Song Company. Recent releases of his music include Magnificat and Nunc dimittis by the Brisbane Chamber Choir/Morton, August Offensive by the Istanbul State Symphony/Cottis, Falling Man/Dancing Man by the Moravian Philhamonic/Martinek/Vronsky, Century - Symphony No 3 with the TSO/McKeich, This moment must be sung with Halcyon, and Paradise with Felicitas Fuchs, Li-Wei Qin and Bernad Lanskey. Numerous recordings are available for download on digital platforms including performances by WASO, SSO, TSO and QSO.

Schultz has held posts and residencies including as Head of Composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama - London, Artist in Residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts - Canada and Cité des Arts - Paris, Professor of Composition at the University of Wollongong and Director of the Symphony Australia TSO Composers' School. He is Emeritus Professor of Music at the University of New South Wales, Sydney and the 2022-23 Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser Professor of Australian Studies at Harvard University.

Andrew Schultz — current to November 2022

Teacher/Influence on

David Chisholm

Bruce Crossman (1996 - 2000)

Alicia Grant (2003 - 2004)

James Humberstone

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Chant - Tupukur ulute : Op.118, for soprano voice, soprano saxophone and orchestra (2023) Chant was commissioned by the Flowers of Peace and the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.
The Line, opus 116 : for choir and orchestra (2022) Commissioned by the Flowers of Peace and the Australian War Memorial, Canberra
Bassoon Concerto, opus 117 : for orchestra (2022) Commissioned by Geoff Stearn for performance by West Australian Symphony Orchestra.
Piano Concerto, opus 114 : for solo piano and orchestra (2021) Piano Concerto was commissioned by Rosemary Tuck with assistance from the Australian Music Foundation, London.
Digital sheet music sample Golden Dominion, op. 113 : for orchestra (2021) Commissioned by Australian War Memorial, The Flowers of War.
Doppler Patrol, op.111a : version with two acoustic guitars and didjeridu (2021) Commissioned by The Flowers of War, Australian War Memorial. Commissioned by The Flowers of War, Australian War Memorial.

Analysis & Media

Kit: Four songs from 'Dead songs' : music resource kit / Nicole Saintilan.

Kit: Journey to Horseshoe Bend : teacher resource kit / music resource kit by Kim Waldock.

Book: Voiced identity : a study of central characters in seven operas from Australia 1988-1998 / Anne Power.

- Article: The Face - Ashleigh Wilson meets Andrew Schultz (composer)

- Video: Wild Flower, by Andrew Schultz

- Video: Mephisto, by Andrew Schultz (4th and 5th movements only)

- Document: Andrew Schultz's "Journey to Horseshoe Bend"

- Article: Scored in black and white

- Video: Andrew Schultz's Septet No.2: Circle Ground, workshop and performance

- Article: Town Hall proms end year on eclectic note

- Program note: Ekstasis Andrew Schultz

- Review: Virgins and Nightingales The Song Company St James Church 29 May 1992

- Review: Spring International Festival of New Music 16 October 1993

- Review: The Song Company Modern Art Series #1 10 September 1996

- Program note: Fast Talking: The Last Words of Dutch Schultz

- Review: M for Murder The Song Company 20,21 June 1997

- Review: M for Murder The Song Company 20, 21 June 1997

- Program note: Data est Lux Andrew Schultz

- Review: Desire Divine The Song Company 28 July 1998

- Video: Professor Andrew Schultz: The minor fall and the major lift - Music, power and the composer's black art

- Video: Gordon Williams, speaking about Journey to Horseshoe Bend

- Video: Ring out wild bells

- Video: Barcarole

- Website: Deep blue and dirty
perf. Mark Gaydon (bassoon) and Lucinda Collins (pno); rec Tom Henry, prod. India Hooi. © ABC
The bassoon doesn't often occupy the limelight. But bassoonist Mark Gaydon is passionate about its soloistic potential. He's invited a number of Australian composers to write new solo works for him, taking as their starting point the instrument-defining work Sequenza XII for solo bassoon by Luciano Berio.

- Video: Endling (excerpt 1) by Andrew Schultz

- Video: Endling (excerpt 2 - from middle) by Andrew Schultz

- Video: Stille Sprache, by Andrew Schultz

- Video: One Sound - quintet for flute anjd strings, by Andrew Schultz - workshop and performance

- Website: Music and Emotion (incl. performance of "After Nina")
What happens when you listen to music? What happens in your brain? What makes music sad, poignant or joyful? How easy is it as a composer to shape and extract emotional responses to particular compositions? In this conversation you’ll hear music and some interesting insights into composition and emotional response with Emma Ayres; Professor Andrew Schultz – composer and head of the school of Arts and the Media at UNSW and Associate Professor Emery Schubert.

- Video: After Nina

- Video: One Sound - quintet for flute and strings, by Andrew Schultz - performance

- Video: Andrew Schultz's Septet No.2: Circle Ground, performance

- Review: CSO rises to ‘Centenary’ premiere music Symphony No. 3 – “Century” World premiere, Canberra’s Centenary celebrations, 11 March 2013.
by Clinton White. © CityNews

- Article: Composer Andrew Schultz gives Canberra a capital work

- Review: Schultz scores a century

- Video: Joyride, featuring Ether Etude by Andrew Schultz

- Video: As

- Video: Andrew Schultz on setting text: In conversation with...

- Video: David Robertson on Andrew Schultz' Sound Lur and Serpent

- Video: Sound lur and serpent (excerpt) by Andrew Schultz

- Video: Sound lur and serpent, by Andrew Schultz
Perf Sydney Symphony Orchestra, cond. David Robertson. © NCPA Music Channel
From SSO China tour 2014, performance from their concert in Peking at the National Centre for Performing Arts.

- Video: 12 variations for piano 4 hands, by Andrew Schultz

- Video: Sonata for violin and piano, Movement I: Allegro Agitato

- Video: Prelude and postscript, by Andrew Schultz

- Video: Magnificat Op. 79 by Andrew Schultz

- Video: Falling Man, dancing man Op.68 (1st mvmt, Infinity jinx) by Andrew Schultz

- Video: Falling man, dancing man Op.68 (Mvt 3 The laughing man) by Andrew Schultz

- Video: Falling man, dancing man Op. 68 (Mvt 2 Deep crossing), by Andrew Schultz)

- Video: Paradise Op. 95 (1st Mvt Suspended earth) by Andrew Schultz

- Video: August offensive Op. 92 by Andrew Schultz

- Video: Sleepers wake - Karalananga, by Andrew Schultz

- Video: Sonatina for solo violin Op.66 by Andrew Schultz

- Extract [Audio]: Willow Bend Op.50 (excerpt) by Andrew Schultz
Perf Ulster Orchestra Cond. David Porcelijn. © BBC
BBC Radio 3

- Video: Lake moonrise - interview with composer Andrew Schultz

- Video: Andrew Schultz On composition I: Creating the framework - In conversation with...

- Review: The Children's Bach, by Andrew Schultz
© Limelight
Review of performance at the Canberra International Music Festival 11 May 2019

- Review: The Children's Bach, by Andrew Schultz
© The Conversation
Review of performance at the Canberra International Music Festival 11 May 2019

- Video: Andrew Schultz on composition II: Finding your voice - In conversation with...

- Video: Deep blue and dirty, by Andrew Schultz - animation

- Video: Andrew Schultz on Recording - In Conversation With...

- Article: Music and the meaning of water
by Andrew Schultz
Naxos Musicology International (2 May 2020)