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Jane Stanley : Represented Artist

I am attracted to European modernism for its veneration of system-based organization, but I am inclined to blend and break borrowed rules in the course of pursuing an individualised style.

Random Audio Sample: Spindrift/interiors (trios: recorder, piano, mandolin) by Jane Stanley, from the CD Harmonia

Photo of Jane Stanley

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

Jane Stanley is a UK-based, Australian-born composer specialising in chamber and orchestral music.

Jane's music has been performed and broadcast throughout the world and featured at festivals including Tanglewood, ISCM World Music Days, Gaudeamus Music Week, Asian Composers League, Wellesley Composers Conference, and June in Buffalo. She has received commissions from Tanglewood, Musica Viva, Robert Irvine, Bernadette Harvey, Continuum Sax, Ensemble Offpsring, and Halcyon.

Her music has been recorded for release by artists internationally. Her solo cello piece Winter Song features on Robert Irvine's CD Songs and Lullabies, released by Delphian Records, and the recording of her Piano Sonata by Bernadette Harvey was launched on the Tall Poppies label early in 2018. One of her most often performed pieces, Helix Reflection for flute and clarinet, was recorded by Ensemble Offspring and appears on their Cycles and Circles album.

She received her PhD from the University of Sydney and, in 2004-2005, she was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University. Her teachers include Anne Boyd, Peter Sculthorpe, Ross Edwards, and Bernard Rands. Jane was a composition fellow at Tanglewood Music Center in 2008, who commissioned Palimpsest for large brass ensemble. In 2009 she was a Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and School.

In 2015 her piece Pentimenti for piano duo represented Australia at ISCM World Music Days in Wrocław, performed by the Lutoslawski Piano Duo. A highlight of 2017 was the premiere in Sydney of her Piano Sonata, commissioned by Bernadette Harvey and supported by a grant from the Australia Council for the Arts.

Her most recent pieces feature delicate ornamental textures and agile, virtuosic writing for instruments. She aims to exploit and maximise the colouristic potential of ensembles for which she composes and to construct nuanced and distinctive gestures. This can be heard most clearly in her Suite for clarinet, violin, cello and piano.

Jane is a Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Glasgow. She is founder of the Scottish Young Composers Mentoring Project, a year-long program that provides university students with experience in mentoring secondary school-age people in composition. She is a founding member of the Young Academy of Scotland, a represented composer at the Australian Music Centre, and her music is also published by Composers Edition.

Jane Stanley — current to June 2020

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Firefly Reflection : clarinet solo (2019) Commissioned by Alex South.
Digital sheet music sample Cerulean Orbits : duo for violin and piano (2016) Commissioned by Musica Viva Australia, through the Hildegard Project
Digital sheet music sample Winter song : for solo cello (2015) Commissioned by Robert Irvine.
Suite : for Bb clarinet, violin, cello and piano (2014) Composed for Red Note Ensemble, funded by Scottish Crucible
Digital sheet music sample Limn : for cello and piano (2012) Commissioned by Robin Michael and Huw Watkins
Four desert flowers : for flute/alto flute and marimba (2010) Commissioned by Ruth Morley and Rhian Macleod with support from Creative Scotland

Analysis & Media

- Video: Round the bay - interview with composer Jane Stanley