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Paul Stanhope : Represented Artist

'My music presents the listener with an optimistic, personal geography ... whether this is a reaction to the elemental aspects of the universe ... or the throbbing energy of the inner city.'

Random Audio Sample: Phospheric variations : for flute and piano by Paul Stanhope, from the CD Hemispheres

Photo of Paul Stanhope

Photo: Jason Catlett

Artist website: http://www.paulstanhope.com

Paul Stanhope (b. 1969) is a Sydney-based composer and a leading figure in his generation of Australian composers. He has had prominent performances of his works in the UK, Europe, Taiwan and Japan as well as North and South America. After studies with Peter Sculthorpe, Paul was awarded the Charles Mackerras Scholarship which enabled him to study for a time at the Guildhall School of Music in London in 2000.

In May 2004 Paul's international standing was confirmed when he was awarded first place in the prestigious Toru Takemitsu Composition Prize. In 2011 he was awarded two APRA/Australian Music Centre Awards for Instrumental Work of the Year and Vocal/Choral Piece of the Year and in 2015 was a finalist for the Orchestral Work of the Year. Paul is also the recipient of a Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship for 2013-2014 - the first composer to be granted this honour.

In 2010 Paul was Musica Viva's featured composer: his String Quartet no. 2 received nationwide performances by the Pavel Haas Quartet as part of this season, as did his Agnus Dei - After the Fire for violin and piano, performed by the stellar duo Alina Ibragimova and CĂ©dric Tiberghien. Other choral and chamber works received national tours by the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge and the Atos Piano Trio from Berlin. Paul's music has also been featured at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival in 2009, The City of London Festival in 2011 and at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in 2016.

2014 saw the premiere of Jandamarra: Sing for the Country, a major new dramatic cantata based on the life of the Western Australian Indigenous resistance hero. Scored for solo baritone, choirs, an Indigenous ensemble of singers and dancers and orchestra, it was premiered by large forces including Gondwana Choirs and the Sydney Symphony. It has been hailed as a work of major cultural significance. Paul's Piccolo Concerto was featured in performances by the Melbourne, Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras in 2013 and was released on CD in the following year. This work was followed up by a Cello Concerto Dawn and Darkness for the SSO and a Trombone Concerto for WASO in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

Paul has held many education roles, including Director of the Australian Composers School with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the director of the Composers Program as part of Gondwana Choirs' National Choral School. He holds the post of Senior Lecturer in the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney and is also the Artistic Chair of the Australia Ensemble based at the University of New South Wales.

Paul Stanhope — current to November 2017

Studied with

Peter Sculthorpe (1995 - 1999)


Collaborated with

Sydney Chamber Choir (1995 - current)

Kammer Ensemble (2007 - current)


Teacher/Influence on

Harry Sdraulig (2017 - current)

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Dancing on Clouds : string orchestra (2018) Commissioned for a recording and performances by ACO Collective
Pulses : for piano trio (2018) Commissioned by Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, Musica Viva Australia.
Digital sheet music sample De Profundis : for SSATBarB voices and chamber organ (2017) Commissioned by The Song Company.
Digital sheet music sample This is Our Home : Ngindaji ngarragĂ® muwayi : for SSAA choir piano and percussion (2017) Commissioned by Gondwana Choirs.
Digital sheet music sample Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra (trombone with full orchestra) (2017) Commissioned by Ken Evans as a birthday gift to Glenda Campbell-Evans
Dawn and Darkness : concerto for cello and orchestra (2016) Commissioned by Vicki Olsson, Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Analysis & Media

- Document: Program note for Paul Stanhope's "Certain Resonances"

- Article: Dawn of a new world symphony

- Video: "At the Top" from Songs of Innocence and Joy by Paul Stanhope and Michael Leunig.

- Video: PhoSpheric variations

- Video: Lux aeterna, by Paul Stanhope

- Video: Saxophone quartet "Ockham's Razor"

- Video: Deserts of Exile

- Video: Where the spark is