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John Bostock : Represented Artist

Bostock's recent works combine eclectic influences ranging from Renaissance music to Messiaen and Shapira.

Random Audio Sample: Ant's Dance : small jazz ensemble by John Bostock, from the CD Journey to Gythia

Photo of John Bostock

Photo: Nitsan Shorer


John Bostock was born in Sydney. In 1980, he graduated from the NSW State Conservatorium of Music after studying piano with Evelyn Blanche, composition with Ross Edwards and jazz piano with Roger Frampton, performing with the Conservatorium Big Band and the John Neeme Ensemble. In New York, from 1983-84, he studied contemporary writing and arranging with Don Sebesky and jazz piano with Hal Galper.

Bostock has been living in Israel since 1987. His works have been performed by the Israel Contemporary Players, Ensemble Meitar, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israel Contemporary String Quartet, the Musica Nova Ensemble, the Arko Symphonic Project, and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

In 1998, Bostock graduated (Magna Cum Laude) with a MMus from the Rubin Academy of Music, University of Tel Aviv, where he was a pupil of Leon Schidlowsky. In 2004, Bostock graduated from the University of Sydney with a PhD in composition after completing studies under Arie Shapira and Anne Boyd.

In September 2010, his work Loud Music With (Only A Few) Quiet Bits was performed by Ensemble Meitar, at the Givatayim Theatre, as part of the Israeli Music Festival. This world premiere was conducted by Guy Feder and recorded by the Voice of Music radio station for live broadcast.

In December 2009, a revised version of his Concerto for Chamber Orchestra was performed by the Arko Symphonic Project, conducted by Timothy Phillips. The Chamber Concerto was commissioned originally by Musica Nova (Israel), which gave the premiere performance in June 1999 with conductor Konstantia Gourzi.

In September 2008, his work Music for Eight Instruments was performed by the Israel Contemporary Players, at the Rebecca Crown Auditorium in Jerusalem, as part of the Israeli Music Festival. Bostock has twice been the recipient of the ACUM prize, in 2004 for his work When Thou My Love Who for tape and small ensemble, and in 2000 for his String Quartet No. 1.

In April 2000, Bostock took part in the ACOF workshops conducted by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Music Centre. His work Enneagram for Orchestra, was performed by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in June 2000. In 1996 his work In Memoriam for Symphony Orchestra was among three finalists in a competition honouring the 60th birthday of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

In 2005 and 2002, Bostock received grants enabling him to release two discs of his compositions: Seeing Sky, a recording of compositions and spontaneous improvisations for piano solo, and Works 1993 - 2001. His works are published by the Israel Music Institute and the Israel Music Centre and are available from the Australian Music Centre library.

Bostock was admitted as a member to the Israel Composers' League in 1995, and has been a Represented Composer of the Australian Music Centre since 1997.

Bostock's most recent works combine eclectic influences ranging from Renaissance music to Messiaen and Shapira. They may be both challenging and accessible to the listener, involving the use of complex instrumental intonations and incorporating the use of computer generated sounds and interfaces interacting with live performance.

'Bostock's works are the opposite of postcards: sketches of feelings and emotions, based on patient observation and profound attentiveness.' Ben Shalev - Ha'aretz.

Regrettably, Bostock does not play or follow football.

John Bostock — current to December 2010

Studied with

Ross Edwards (1978 - 1980)

Roger Frampton (1980 - 1983)

Leon Schidlowsky (1989 - 1996)

Anne Boyd (2000 - 2004)

Arie Shapira (2000 - 2004)


Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Concerto for Chamber Orchestra Commissioned by Musica Nova, Israel
Digital sheet music sample The Magician's Procession : chamber orchestra : youth orchestra (2022) Commissioned by Conservatorium Neve Eliezer, Tel Aviv, Israel.
for piano (solo piano) (2020) Commissioned by Hagai Yodan for recording project "60 seconds"
Digital sheet music sample six short pieces for piano (solo piano) (2020) Commissioned by Hagai Yodan
Digital sheet music sample more for piano (solo piano) (2020) Commissioned by Hagai Yodan.
Digital sheet music sample Mr Gong : for big band (2012) Commissioned for the 15th Israeli Music Celebration, 2012.