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29 July 2010

Composer and Performer News August 2010

Zubin Kanga Image: Zubin Kanga  

[Updated and added to 3 August]

Natalie Williams

Natalie Williams is currently finishing her degree in Indiana and has recently been accepted into a music analysis summer school in Durham, UK in September, working with William Caplin and Michael Spitzer. She has also been accepted to a music teacher training school in New Hampshire (near Boston) for a one-week intensive course in August.

Peter McNamara

This year Peter McNamara has been lucky enough to have his work Distorted Waters selected to be performed at the 30th anniversary concert of the Irino Foundation, after this piece was performed at Gaudeamus 2009. If you are interested in hearing Distorted Waters, there's a promotional video on YouTube from the 2009 Gaudeamus Music Week.

Kate Moore

Kate Moore has won the 2010 Carlsbad Music Festival composers competition. She has been commissioned by the festival and Artpower to write a new work for string quartet that will be premiered by the Calder Quartet at the festival held from 24 to 26 September 2010 in California, USA. Kate Moore's Rain Project, an installation for instruments and voices, was awarded a De Komeet Culture Prize in The Hague, Netherlands. This major work will be programmed in and around Den Haag in the coming 2010-2011 concert season.

John Bostock

John Bostock's work Loud Music With (Only A Few) Quiet Bits will be given its premiere performance at the Festival of Israeli Music in September this year by Israel's Premier new music sextet, Ensemble Meitar. Bostock's work will be featured along with works by Menachem Zur, Yinam Leef and Hana Ajiashvili. In Australia, his 'Concerto for Chamber Orchestra' has been programmed for October again by the Arko Ensemble.

Zubin Kanga

27 year old Sydney-sider wins $40,000 Michael Kieran Harvey Scholarship. The Trust Company as trustee for the Michael Kieran Harvey Scholarship, has awarded Zubin Kanga the 2010 prize at the Australian National Academy of Music's Piano! Festival in Melbourne. Following a captivating recital from scholarship namesake, leading Australian pianist Michael Kieran Harvey, Kanga was awarded the $40,000 scholarship for his extraordinary talent in piano. Established by the will of the late Susan Mary Remington to celebrate the life and work of pianist Michael Kieran Harvey, this is the third time The Trust Company has awarded the biennial scholarship. The Michael Kieran Harvey Scholarship allows a postgraduate pianist to travel overseas for a specific purpose to further or enhance their musical education.

Michael Kieran Harvey praised the winner's abilities: 'Zubin Kanga is quite simply an amazing, hugely gifted musician. I am thrilled he is the recipient of the 2010 Michael Kieran Harvey Scholarship. His destiny as a major contributor to the wonderful universe of 21st century art music seems assured. Watch him closely'.

Currently a PhD student at London's Royal Academy of Music, Kanga has worked with many leading music ensembles and composers including Damien Ricketson, Michael Finnissy and George Benjamin. With the support of this scholarship, Kanga intends to arrange a complete solo recital of newly commissioned solo piano music, undertake an Australian tour of the program, collate two commercially available recordings and perform these and other works internationally.

Wendy Hiscocks

Wendy Hiscocks will be appearing as composer-in-residence at the 2010 Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Townsville, North Queensland from 30 July - 7 August. She is also performing on ABC radio in recital with pianist Ian Munro, and as writer and presenter of a radio documentary celebrating the life and music of Arthur Benjamin. Other current large-scale projects include the first biography of Arthur Benjamin and a chamber opera on an Australian subject.

Roger Smalley

Roger Smalley has also been selected as Composer-in-Residence at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music held in Townsville, North Queensland from 30 July - 7 August.

Kristian Winther

The Music Council of Australia and Freedman Foundation have announced Kristian Winther as the winner of the 2010 MCA/Freedman Fellowship for Classical Music. Winther recently gave the Australian premiere performance of Brett Dean's award-winning violin concerto The lost art of letter writing. Winther was born in Canberra in 1984, studied violin with Josette Esquedin-Morgan and John Harding, and has performed as a soloist with the Melbourne, Sydney and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, the Auckland Philharmonic, Orchestra Victoria, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and Melbourne Youth Orchestra, and has been Guest Assistant Concertmaster of the Adelaide and Western Australian Symphony Orchestras and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. He is also a composer, and premiered his work for string quartet ...etude at the Sydney Opera House in 2008 with the TinAlley String Quartet. He is currently undertaking a fellowship at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM).

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