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Christopher Tonkin : Represented Artist

Random Audio Sample: Widdop, phaetons, relic : for piano, percussion and violin by Christopher Tonkin, from the CD Springtime

Photo of Christopher Tonkin

Photo: Pip White

Chrisopher Tonkin is a composer and performer with a focus on live electronic music. Writing for both acoustic and electronic instruments, his main interest as a musician is the integration of live electronics into ensemble performance. Commissions and performances include those from the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, IRCAM, the Seoul International Computer Music Festival, Ensemble Offspring and Decibel New Music Ensemble.

Beyond purely creative pursuits Chris has a keen interest in the history and repertoire of popular and experimental electronic music.

Chris holds a PhD in music composition from the University of California San Diego. He is head of composition and electronic music at the Conservatorium of Music at the University of Western Australia.

Christopher Tonkin — current to December 2017

Teacher/Influence on

Michael Grebla (2009 - 2014)

Mark Holdsworth

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2004 APRA Professional Development Award (Art Music) Winner

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Patchwork RSQ Remix : for electronic soloist and small ensemble (2017) Commissioned by Decibel New Music.
Digital sheet music sample Love, madness and death : for soprano and ensemble (2014) Commissioned by Etica Ensemble, Tura New Music.
Trio : for piano, violin and cello (2013) Commissioned by the University of Western Australia Centenary Project for the Compact Disc "Luminosity"
Digital sheet music sample Rapid same question : for bass flute, bass clarinet, cello, bass drum & live electronics (2013) Commissioned by Decibel New Music.
Digital sheet music sample Vocalise : for djembé and live electronics (2008) Commissioned for the 2008 Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Austin, Texas, USA

Analysis & Media

- Video: Widdop, phaetons, relic

- Video: Vocalise