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Sam Smith : Associate Artist


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Samuel is a Melbourne-based composer working primarily in the fields of notated, acoustic music and fixed media electronics.

Variously described as 'beguiling, mysterious and gentle' (Canberra City News) or 'glistening with totally gorgeous sonorities' (The Australian), Samuel's music focuses on the integration of slowly unfolding process, instrumental colour and virtuosic gesture.

While a student, Samuel participated in many emerging composer development programs including the Australian Youth Orchestra's National Music Camp, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's post-graduate workshop, the Soundstream Collective's Emerging Composers' Forum and Ensemble Offspring's Hatched Academy.

Additionally he has received significant commissions from the Soundstream Collective, the Arts Centre Melbourne, the CYBEC foundation for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's 21st century composers program, the University of Melbourne, the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music and many individuals, most recently Alex Raineri, Jodie Rottle, and Elizabeth Welsh.

In 2017 he was awarded a major grant from the Australia Council for the Arts to create a new, half-hour piece for Melbourne ensemble, Rubiks, for premiere in Germany and Melbourne in July and August 2018. His 2015 piece threaded through meridians was also selected by the ISCM Australian Section as part of its official submission to the 2017 ISCM World New Music Days Festival in Vancouver.

Samuel holds degrees from the Australian National University (2012) - where he studied composition with Larry Sitsky and Jim Cotter, and guitar with Tim Kain - and the University of Melbourne, where he studied towards Honours (2013) and Master's (2016) degrees under the supervision of Elliott Gyger.


Sam Smith — current to March 2018