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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 was born in Sydney in 1976. Her music has been performed by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood Brass Ensemble, Continuum Sax, Duo Vertigo, Halcyon, Claire Edwardes, Niels Meliefste and Simon Smith.

In 2004-5 Stanley was a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University, and in 2006 she taught at MIT and Northeastern University. She received a PhD in composition from the University of Sydney. Her teachers include Anne Boyd, Peter Sculthorpe, Ross Edwards, Ian Shanahan, Bernard Rands and Elliott Gyger.

Jane Stanley's work Spindrift/Interiors was selected to represent Australia at the Asian Composers League Festival 2004 in Israel, and at the ISCM World Music Days/23rd Music Biennale in 2005 in Croatia. In July 2006 she was a participant at the Wellesley Composers Conference in Massachusetts, and in July 2007 she was a participant at 'June in Buffalo'. Triptych for percussion duo was selected for Gaudeamus Music Week 2007. In 2008 she was a composition fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center where she studied with Michael Gandolfi, John Harbison, Shulamit Ran and Augusta Read Thomas. The following year she was commissioned to compose Palimpsest for the Tanglewood Brass Ensemble and, during the same summer, she was a fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Stanley is a recipient of the Sydney Moss Scholarship, an Australian Postgraduate Award, the Albert Travelling Scholarship, the Tempe Mann Travelling Scholarship, and grants from Ars Musica Australis and the Ian Potter Cultural Trust. In 1997 she received the Sarah Theresa Makinson Prize for Musical Composition and was joint winner of the 2MBS-FM Young Composers Award. Her research on the music of Elena Kats-Chernin was published in Context in 2001. She is a member of New Voices at Sound and Music (UK).

Jane Stanley has been a lecturer in music at the University of Glasgow since 2006. She was recently selected as a member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh's Young Academy of Scotland, an organisation that brings together young academics, entrepreneurs, artists and professionals in Scotland.

Jane Stanley — current to November 2012

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