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Anne Cawrse : Represented Artist

How can music not reflect life - what we see, what we hear, what we feel? What I write must be, in essence, who I am.

Random Audio Sample: How can I keep from singing? : SATB choir by Anne Cawrse, from the CD One voice

Photo of Anne Cawrse

Photo: Emma Luker


Artist website: http://www.annecawrse.com/

Anne Cawrse is an Adelaide based composer of acoustic orchestral, chamber and vocal music. Anne's music blends soaring, lyrical melodies, dexterous rhythmic interplay and an unpredictably colourful harmonic palette. She is particularly fond of discovering the expressive musical potential hidden within the words of female writers.

Growing up in the small rural town of Freeling in South Australia, Anne moved to Adelaide to pursue studies in composition at the Elder Conservatorium of Music. In 2008 she completed her PhD in Composition under the supervision of Graeme Koehne and Charles Bodman Rae. Anne's penchant for text setting has made her the most commissioned composer of the award-winning Adelaide Chamber Singers (five commissions since 2005) and a highly revered art song composer, with notable performances by Greta Bradman, Emma Horwood, Robert Macfarlane, Kate Macfarlane, Cheryl Pickering and Bethany Hill. She is also highly sought after as an orchestral and chamber music composer, with major commissions from the Adelaide and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, the Australian String Quartet, the Adelaide Wind Orchestra, the Benaud Trio and the Zephyr Quartet. Her first opera, Innocence, was developed with Singular Productions and the State Opera Company of South Australia with support from an Arts SA Major Commission grant.

Anne's choral work On Earth As In Heaven received the SA State award at the 2018 APRA/Australian Music Centre Classical Music Awards, and her orchestral work Musaic (composed for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra) was a finalist in the 2008 awards. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the Bishop Memorial Commission and the inaugural Women in Music commission. Meaningful musical collaborations include works for guitarist Alex Tsiboulski, pianists Michael Ierace, Stefan Cassemenos and Leigh Harrold, Sharon and Slava Grigoryan, and percussionist Claire Edwardes. A favourite in new music circles in Adelaide, Anne gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of many of the preeminent music organisations in her hometown. Alongside the aforementioned groups, she has received multiple commissions from Various People Inc., is a frequent contributor to the chamber music programs of The Firm New Music Concert series, and has been regularly performed by the Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra.

Anne is a casual member of staff at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, teaching composition and music theory. She is also the tutor for the 2021 Australian Youth Orchestra's Composition program.

Anne Cawrse — current to March 2021

Teacher/Influence on

Jesse Budel (2010 - 2012)

David John Lang (2009 - current)

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2018 Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Vocal/Choral Finalist On Earth as in Heaven
2018 Art Music Awards: State Awards Winner: SA State Award On Earth as in Heaven

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
The Rest is Silence : Concerto for Cor Anglais and Orchestra Commissioned by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Digital sheet music sample Dance Vignettes : for solo marimba (2021) Commissioned with assistance from the APRA AMCOS Creative Recovery Fund, 2020.
Digital sheet music sample Grounded : for guitar and cello (2021) Commissioned as part of the Momentum III Sue-W Covid-19 Special commissions
Digital sheet music sample Love Is Born : for wind orchestra (2021) Commissioned by Adelaide Wind Orchestra.
Songs Without Words : for piano trio (2020) Commissioned by ABC Classic in 2020 as part of the ABC’s Fresh Start program
A Room of Her Own : string quartet (2020) Commissioned with support of the John Bishop Memorial Commission