Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Celebrating Australian Composers

Australia is an amazing country blessed with sweeping landscapes and a wealth of talented composers who make us proud. The works of our great composers cover a diverse range of colours, textures and styles that have inspired audiences both here and abroad. Hal Leonard Australia is pleased to represent a large number of our fantastic Australian composers, a small selection of who are listed below.


Brett Dean

Brett Dean’s String Quintet Epitaphs premiered this season and in February 2011 the Wigmore Hall presented a Brett Dean Composer Day in which Dean performed in a range of chamber music programs exploring his music.

Elena Kats-Chernin

Elena Kats-Chernin was appointed Composer-in-Residence with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. It has been a year filled with world premieres, including Obsidian Light, River’s Lament and Little Green Road to Fairyland. There is more to come including Symphonia Eluvium (Latin for symphony of the floods), a full length symphony inspired by the recent Queensland floods.

Ross Edwards

Ross Edward’s recent works include Missa Alchera - Mass of the Dreaming and Sacred Kingfisher Psalms. Other recent premieres also include his violin concerto Maninyas, by the Sydney Symphony, Dene Olding and Vladimir Ashkenazy, and Exile, a new work commissioned by Julian Burnside for Duo Sol.

Carl Vine

Carl Vine recently had the world premiere of his Concerto for Violin, performed by esteemed violinist Dene Olding alongside the Australian Youth Orchestra and conductor Thomas Dausgaard.

Peter Sculthorpe

Peter Sculthorpe will be honoured at the 2011 City of London Festival, which this year features more music by Sculthorpe than any other composer. The festival will showcase many of his key works including a wide selection of his chamber music and the London première of his Requiem – a performance that Richard Morrison (Times, 31 Dec 10) flagged up as one of the artistic highlights of 2011 .

Malcolm Williamson

Malcolm Williamson was the first non-Briton to be appointed to the position of Master of the Queen’s Music (1975). He was awarded several honorary doctorates from universities such as Princeton, Sydney and Melbourne, and his homeland honoured him as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 1987.

Julian Yu

Julian Yu’s new orchestral work, Sinfonia Ciaconnissima, will have its world premiere on 29-30 September by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mario Venzago.

Percy Grainger

Percy Grainger, together with scientist Burnett Cross developed the so-called "Free Music Machines", which were the predecessors of modern electronic synthesizers. Grainger died on 20 February 1961 in New York and was buried in his family's grave in Adelaide, South Australia.

Bruce Rowland

Bruce Rowland is currently working on the musical score for Australian film, The Cup, due for release in late 2010. ‘The Cup’ is a film about Damien Oliver’s triumph over human adversity when he won the Melbourne Cup in 2002, just one week after his brother’s death.

Matthew Hindson

Matthew Hindson saw his latest dance work Thinking about Forever premiered at the Sydney Festival in early 2011, a short work that embraces the large issue of sustainability. This year has also seen the world premiere of Hindson’s Concerto for Two Pianos by Pascal and Ami Rogé with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy.


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Photo credits:
Mark Coulsen (Dean)
Bridget Elliot (Edwards, Kats-Chernin/Hindson)
Maurice Foxall (Sculthorpe)

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