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28 February 2012

Sydney Symphony 80th anniversary composition prize to Elliott Gyger

Elliott Gyger Image: Elliott Gyger  

Sydney Symphony has announced the winner of their 80th anniversary composition prize: Elliott Gyger's work on air: dialogue for orchestra will be performed in three concerts at the Sydney Opera House on 22-24 March, conducted by the orchestra's principal conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy.

76 composers from around Australia, ranging in age from 16 to 70 years, answered the Sydney Symphony's call for works in late 2011. Elliott Gyger, who formed a personal relationship with the orchestra in his teens, is thrilled about the success of his work

"My father is a music critic and I went to every Sydney Symphony subscription concert throughout my high school years. When I think of orchestral sound I think of the Sydney Symphony in the Sydney Opera House concert hall - that's my reference point. What a joy it will be for one of my compositions to be performed by these wonderful musicians and to hear what kinds of insights Mr Ashkenazy brings to the piece."

In writing his nine-minute work, Gyger took inspiration from the history of the ABC (which also turns 80 in 2012) and the history of the Sydney Symphony and its origins as a broadcast orchestra.

AMC resources

Event details 22-24 March (AMC Calendar)
Elliott Gyger - AMC profile

Further links

Sydney Symphony - media release (28 February 2012)

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