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Connor D'Netto : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: Dawn Wail for the Dead : (elegy) for soprano and string quartet by Connor D'Netto, from the CD Glad Tomorrow

Photo of Connor D'Netto

Photo: Ray Roberts

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

Connor D'Netto (b. 1994) is a composer of contemporary classical music, described as "the model contemporary Australian composer" by ABC Classic FM.

Throughout his works, Connor balances driving rhythmic elements, heartfelt lyrical expression drawn from his extensive performance experience as a classically trained singer, a lushly textural approach to orchestration, combined with the delicate incorporation of electronic music elements. Connor's music has been commissioned across Australia and abroad, including from ensembles such the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Australian String Quartet, New York based groups including Bang On A Can, Chromic Duo and panSonus, and performers such as Katie Noonan, Karin Schaupp and Claire Edwardes.

In 2019, Connor was the Composer-In-Residence of the 2019 Australian Festival of Chamber Music, the youngest in the Festival's history. Under the direction of acclaimed pianist and Artistic Director Kathryn Stott, the Festival featured five of Connor's works, including the world-premiere of his String Quartet No. 3 by Goldner String Quartet, which was co-commissioned by the Festival. Connor has also held residencies and fellowships with the prolific New York new-music collective Bang On A Can in 2017, with his music featured at their annual Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA, and with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2016.

In 2015, Connor was named winner of Chamber Music Australia's Australian New Works Award, with his winning work, String Quartet No. 2, becoming the set work in the 7th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition at the Melbourne Recital Centre. He has also been awarded an APRA Art Music Fund Award 2018, the Brisbane City Council's Lord Mayor's Young and Emerging Artists Fellowship 2018, a Brisbane Arts and Cultural Innovation Award 2017, the Percy Brier Memorial Composition Prize 2016, and the Donald Tugby Musicology Prize and Scholarship 2015.

Connor is the Associate Director of Dots+Loops, Australia's post-genre music and arts series, inclusively exploring the spaces in between a traditional classical concert, an underground club gig, and an experimental art show. Dots+Loops creates spaces that transcend the barriers that divide genres, artforms, and communities. Through the arts we aim to build social networks and address social and artistic inequity. Connor was the artistic director, producer, and co-founder of the Brisbane-based contemporary classical concert series "Argo", for which he was shortlisted as a finalist in the "Excellence by an Individual" category of the 2018 APRA AMCOS Art Music Awards.

As a performer, Connor is one half of "We Are Breathing" alongside American cellist Ben Baker, a new music duo creating raw, tender and emotional sounds straddling across musical worlds. With Ben on cello and Connor on synths and live electronics, their music fuses Connor's unique compositional voice and Ben's virtuosic playing with live signal processing and electronics creating complexly layered experiences. In 2018 We Are Breathing undertook their debut tour in Australia with four shows along the east coast, including a performance in the line up of City Recital Hall's new all day new-music festival Extended Play.

Connor is a trained classical singer, performing throughout Australia. He is a talented photographer, videographer and visual-artist, creating artworks for gallery exhibits and installations, and collaborating with artists internationally.

Connor graduated his Masters of Music at the Royal College of Music in London. He is a Tait Trust Scholar at the Royal College of Music, and his studies were further supported by the Australian Music Foundation Award, the Brisbane City Council Lord Mayor's Young and Emerging Artists Fellowship, the Tait Performing Arts Association, a Churchie Foundation Scholarship, The Julian Baring Award and by the Big Give Campaign at RCM. Connor holds a Bachelor of Music (Honours, First-Class) from the University of Queensland.

Connor D'Netto — current to February 2020

Studied with

Stephen Stanfield (2010 - 2011)

Robert Davidson (2013 - 2016)

William Mival (2017 - 2019)


Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2018 Art Music Awards: Award for Excellence by an Individual Finalist Outstanding Artistic Direction of ARGO during 2017