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Jessica Wells : Represented Artist

Jessica Wells's compositions cross many genres in the classical, commercial and film music worlds.

Random Audio Sample: Blue Mountains suite (quintets: flute, clarinet, percussion, violin, cello) by Jessica Wells, from the CD Classic Kids: Sounds Like Australia

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Jessica Wells was born in Florida, USA and migrated to Australia at the age of 11. She completed her Bachelor of Music degree in composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 1996. This was followed by a Masters Degree under Dr. Bozidar Kos. In 2005, she completed a Master of Arts in Screen Composition at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS).

Jessica Wells's compositions cross many genres in the classical, commercial and film music worlds. She runs a successful business working as an orchestrator, arranger and copyist in diverse areas, including orchestrating for Ben Lee and WASO (rock band and orchestra), David Hobson's albums Cinema Paradiso and The Promise (orchestra and choir), Hollywood film scores (John Powell's Happy Feet, PS I Love You and Jumper), as well as arranging and copying film, television, theatre and concert works for local composers.

Her orchestral music has been performed by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Sinfonia (Sydney Symphony's education program), Queensland Orchestra and Sydney Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra. Her work Ainulindale was commissioned by Symphony Australia for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in 2001 and was nominated in the APRA Classical Music Awards for Best Orchestral Work in 2002. Many of her works have been recorded and broadcast by the ABC, including The Eight Immortals which was the only Australian finalist in the prestigious Alexander Zemlinsky International Prize for orchestral composition in the USA. Other commissions have been written for solo harp (Marshall McGuire), Marimba Duo (KARAK Percussion) and 12 Cellos (Sydney Conservatorium Cello Ensemble).

Some recent short films scored by Jessica Wells have been acclaimed internationally, including the AFTRS short film The Saviour, nominated for an Oscar at the Academy Awards in 2007, Sexy Thing, selected for screening and in the running for the Palme D'or in Cannes 2006, and Butterfly Man, which won the Silver Cub Award for short documentary at IDFA festival in Amsterdam in 2005.

On the Edge of Eden is a full–length feature film scored by Jessica Wells in 2006 and currently travelling the world at film festivals. The film picked up Best Romantic Film award at the Indie Gathering in Cleveland Ohio, 2007.

Jessica has also forayed into writing for television, including music for MacDonald's TVC's, the theme for ABC Asia's Australia Network, and most recently the theme for Q&A on ABC1.

Biography provided by the composer — current to July 2008

Teacher/Influence on

Keyna Wilkins (1999)

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2017 Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Instrumental Finalist Moon fire

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample The Witching hour (solo carillon) (2017) Commissioned by the National Capital Authority and the Australian National University with assistance from the Australia Council for the Arts
Digital sheet music sample Moon fire : for carillon and electronic track (2016) Commissioned by National Capital Authority.
Sati and Satya : for violin and piano (2016) Commissioned by NBSC Manly Selective Campus, Sydney for HSC performance
The naming (duos: mezzo-soprano, baritone with chamber ensemble) (2010) Commissioned by Chronology Arts 2010 for their "Stations of Creation" concert
Intimate waves : for violin, cello and piano with accompanying video projection (2008) Commissioned by chronology arts ensemble.
Digital sheet music sample Lucem-ferre : for 12 violoncellos (2002) Commissioned by Georg Pedersen.

Analysis & Media

- Video: Ali's Wedding - Behind the scenes with Nigel Westlake and the Sydney Symphony