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Harry Sdraulig : Associate Artist

For me, the musicians are everything. They've spent years in the practice room, developing technique and an extraordinary capacity for musical expression. I can't ignore that - I want to engage with it. My aim is always to give musicians a vehicle to express profound musicality to their audience.

Random Audio Sample: String Quartet No. 1 : string quartet by Harry Sdraulig, from the CD Harry Sdraulig: String Quartet No. 1

Photo of Harry Sdraulig

Photo: Mark Xiao


Harry Sdraulig is a prolific Sydney-based composer and educator. He has collaborated with many renowned organisations and artists including Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott, the Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland, Tasmanian and Canberra Symphony Orchestras, Musica Viva Australia, the Goldner and Orava Quartets, the Australian String Quartet, Australia Ensemble, Streeton Trio, Ensemble Q, PLEXUS, Syzygy Ensemble, Hourglass Ensemble, Ensemble Three, Zelman Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Melbourne Orchestra. In recent years, Harry has achieved wider industry recognition as a recipient of various awards and scholarships including the Adolph Spivakovsky Award, Glen Johnston Composition Award, Frank Albert Prize for Music, 2020 Fine Music Stefan Kruger Scholarship, 2019-20 Layton Emerging Composer Fellowship, 2020 Arcadia Winds Composition Prize, Australian Postgraduate Award, and the 2019 Albert Scholarship. His piccolo concerto for Lloyd Hudson and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, entitled Icarus, was a finalist in the Work of the Year: Large Ensemble category of the 2020 APRA AMCOS Art Music Awards.

Harry's work may be described as contemporary art music, drawing upon and extending the Western classical tradition in new ways. His approach often juxtaposes passionate melodic lyricism with moments of intricate rhythmic interplay and drive, supported by an extended and rich harmonic palette which draws influences from classical, jazz, and occasionally popular musical styles. The motivic structures and expressive frameworks found in Harry's music ensures a degree of approachability for classically-trained musicians and audiences.

Harry's music is published by Wirripang Pty Ltd., QPress, Maestros With A Mission, and the Australian Music Centre for which he is a represented artist. He completed Bachelor of Music (First Class Honours) and Master of Music degrees at the University of Melbourne, and is presently undertaking a Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Sydney. Harry currently teaches composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and at Abbotsleigh, where he is permanent Composer in Residence.

Harry Sdraulig — current to October 2020

Studied with

Stuart Greenbaum (2013)

Elliott Gyger (2013 - 2016)

Brenton Broadstock (2014)

Paul Stanhope (2017 - current)


Mentored by

Matthew Hindson (2018 - 2019)

Natalie Williams (2018)


Influenced by

Carl Vine


Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2013 Adolph Spivakovsky Scholarship for the Composition of Music Winner

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Torrent : orchestra Commissioned by Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Digital sheet music sample Meridian : for wind quintet (2021) Commissioned by Arcadia Winds.
Digital sheet music sample Tempest : for cello and piano (2020) Commissioned by Ars Musica Australis, Rev. Dr Arthur Bridge.
Digital sheet music sample Unearth : for flute and oboe (2020) Composed for Joshua Batty and Diana Doherty for performance at the NSW Bushfire Fundraiser Concert Series, held in Sydney in January 2020.
Digital sheet music sample Serenade (trios: flute, clarinet, cello) (2019) This work was commissioned by Neil and Pamela Hardie for the occasion of their wedding anniversary.
Digital sheet music sample Octet : for strings (2018) Commissioned by Geoff Stearn for performance by Musica Viva Australia.