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Angus Davison : Associate Artist

Photo of Angus Davison

Photo: Oscar Smith

Artist website: https://angusdavison.com/

Angus Davison composes music with 'bright energy' (Limelight), 'considerable poignancy' (The Mercury), and 'a respect for sound in itself' (Cut Common). His music explores the place of humans in nature, inviting listeners to deepen their fascination for the world around them. Recent works have explored topics such as the religious life of worms, the absence of majestic views, thermonuclear fusion, and Newton's laws of motion.

Angus completed a Master of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium where he also attained First Class Honours following a Bachelor of Music at the Tasmanian Conservatorium. His awards include the Don Kay Scholarship, an Honours Scholarship, a Research Training Program Stipend, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Student Composition Prize, Audience Choice Award at the 5th International Tampa Bay Symphony Orchestra Prize, and second place in the Jean Bogan and Willoughby Symphony young composer awards.

He has been selected for composer development programs including the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Australian Composers' School, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Cybec Program, the Ensemble Offspring Hatched Academy, the Omega Ensemble CoLAB Program, and Composing in the Wilderness.

Angus' music has been performed in Australia, Europe, and the US. Performers and commissioners of his work include the Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, Ensemble Offspring, Corvus, the Ady Ensemble, Omega Ensemble, Barega Saxophone Quartet, and Michael Kieran Harvey among many others.

Angus is also a music educator, arts administrator, conductor, and pianist. Based in Sydney, he teaches classes in music theory and history at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Angus Davison — current to July 2022

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2016 Jean Bogan Prize for Piano Composition Highly Commended (Youth Prize) After fanfares

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample History : for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello and piano (2022) Commissioned by the Australia Ensemble as part of the 2022-23 Layton Emerging Composer Fellowship.
Digital sheet music sample Mountain : for string orchestra and synthesiser (2022) Commissioned by Hobart Chamber Orchestra.
Digital sheet music sample Nigel : for clarinet, violin, viola, cello and piano (2021) Commissioned by Omega Ensemble as part of the 2021 CoLAB: Composer Accelerator Program
My Mother Plays the Cello : chamber orchestra (2021) Commissioned by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.