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Sally Greenaway : Associate Artist

drawing on ideas from all over the world, including the Middle East, South America, Europe and Asia, Greenaway enjoys creating exotic characters, moods, texture and harmonies to transport listeners away...

Random Audio Sample: At the start of day : small jazz ensemble by Sally Greenaway, from the CD Aubade & nocturne

Photo of Sally Greenaway

Photo: Ivor Hind, painting by Anne Hind

Australian composer-pianist Sally Greenaway composes and performs in an exceptionally wide range of musical styles - from classical to jazz to film soundtracks.

Greenaway's works have been performed by the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Plexus, Trichotomy, the JazzGroove Mothership Orchestra, the Australian Youth Orchestra, ARIA award-winning pianist Sally Whitwell, vocal ensemble Rajaton (Finland), the National Capital Orchestra, and, notably, by community and school groups in the Canberra region. She has also had works regularly broadcast on ABC Classic FM including Jazztrack with Mal Stanley.

Greenaway is regularly commissioned to write new music in many different genres by a variety of musicians and organisations. Recent compositions include: Worlds Within Worlds written for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as part of the Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers program 2016; Resonance written for SATB a cappella ensemble the Resonants; Quietude written for the Plexus ensemble; Elk Branches for chamber orchestra written for the Australian Youth Orchestra's National Music Camp 2014; Noel Day, a new Australian Christmas carol for Woden Valley Youth Choir; Look to This Day, an art song written for bass-baritone Patrick Baker; and Auróra Musis Amíca, a fanfare for wind orchestra for Canberra Grammar School, commissioned to celebrate the Centenary of Canberra.

Greenaway has won two composition competitions: the Canberra International Music Festival 2009 Young Composer Award, with her a cappella arrangement of Waltzing Matilda for the world-class vocal group Rajaton (Finland); and the Inaugural APRA/JMO National Big Band Composition Competition 2008, with her piece Falling of Seasons, written for the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra. She was also a finalist in the Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra's Composition Contest 2013 with her big band piece Dig This Mallow.

In 2010 she was awarded a postgraduate diploma for composition for film and screen from London's prestigious Royal College of Music, where she held several scholarships including the Lucy Ann Jones Award. Her previous study was at the ANU School of Music specialising in jazz piano, graduating in 2005.

Greenaway has worked with a number of ensembles around Australia as a guest composer and conductor. She is the musical director for ConneXion Big Band and pianist in several other ensembles, including Wicked-Strings! Merlot Ensemble which features Canberra Symphony Orchestra musicians. She also lectures part-time at the Canberra Institute of Technology's Music Industry Centre.

Sally Greenaway — current to November 2015

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2017 Art Music Awards: State Awards Winner: ACT State Award The 7 great inventions of the modern industrial age

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Katrimba : piano trio Commissioned by Katrina Leske.
Digital sheet music sample Hymne pour la paix : hymn for peace (2017) Commissioned by Robert Clements, Telopea Park School, Canberra, for their tour to France in remembrance of World War I
Digital sheet music sample The dear dream of a world without wars : Le cher rêve d'un monde sans guerres (2017) Commissioned by Robert Clements and Telopea Park School for their trip to France 2017 in remembrance of World War 1
Fantasia : for string quartet and piano (2016) Composed for Wicked-Strings! in 2016 for the University of Canberra Graduation ceremonies
The 7 great inventions of the modern industrial age (dramatic music) (2016) This work was made possible with thanks to the inaugural Merlyn Myer Composing Women’s Commission.
Digital sheet music sample Don't forget your music! (septets: flute, clarinet, piano, 2 violins, viola, cello) (2016) Commissioned for the Bangalow Music Festival, in celebration of the Rio Olympics 2016

Analysis & Media

- Video: Fantasia by Sally Greenaway

- Video: At the Start of Day by Sally Greenaway