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Gordon Kerry : Represented Artist

Random Audio Sample: Sonata da camera : for flute, clarinet, piano, violin, viola and cello by Gordon Kerry, from the CD Samsara

Gordon Kerry's works for the 2017-18 season include The Snow Queen, with John Kinsella for Victorian Opera, his String Quartet No.5 for the Acacia Quartet, String Quintet No.2 for the Australian String Quartet and Pieter Wispelwey, Victorian Pastoral for Young Voices of Melbourne, Exaudi Youth Choir and Ensemble Liaison, and Drei Jahreszeitenslieder for soprano Merlyn Quaife and Plexus. Other recent pieces include Three Malouf Songs, Snow White and other Grimm Tales (libretto by John Kinsella), the violin concerto Now Dream thy Sails, Jean à Jean for baritone and piano and the chamber work while the music lasts.

He was featured composer with Musica Viva Australia in 2012, and his piano quintet Aroona Dawning was performed at Musica Viva's Huntington Estate Festival in 2013. The year 2012 also saw the premiere of Midnight Son, to Louis Nowra's libretto, with Victorian Opera, which won several of that year's Green Room Awards. The Established Composer Fellowship from the Ian Potter Cultural Trust in 2009 supported his Symphony for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the flute concerto Captain Flinders' Musick for Alison Mitchell and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. His book New Classical Music: Composing Australia, which examined aspects of Australian music over the previous 30 years was published in 2009. In 2008 he was composer in residence at the Australian National Academy of Music.

He has composed orchestral music, including concertos for clarinet, trumpet, viola and cello, for Symphony Australia, the BBC, and several youth orchestras; chamber music for ensembles in Australia, Britain, Germany, the USA, Sweden and Russia; and a number of choral and vocal works.

Medea, to Justin Macdonnell's libretto, has been performed in Australia and the USA by Chamber Made Opera and in Germany by the Berliner Kammeroper.

Gordon Kerry studied composition with Barry Conyngham and has held fellowships from the Australia Council, Peggy Glanville-Hicks Trust and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He lives on a hill in north-eastern Victoria.

Gordon Kerry — current to August 2017

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
String quartet No 5 : string quartet Commissioned by Stuart L. Kerry for performance by Acacia Quartet.
Sonata for Violin and Piano : violin with piano (2020) Commissioned by Julian Burnside for performance by Musica Viva Australia.
Digital sheet music sample Clarinet Quintet : clarinet with string quartet (2019) Commissioned by Omega Ensemble.
Digital sheet music sample Piano Trio No.3 : piano trio (2018) Commissioned for the Albury Chamber Music Festival 2018
Digital sheet music sample Jean à Jean : song cycle to poems of Jean Cocteau, for baritone and piano (2015) Commissioned by Robert Mitchell.
Digital sheet music sample Making signs (quintets: flute, clarinet, piano, violin, cello) (2014) Commissioned by Julian Burnside, Australian Cultural Fund for performance by Syzygy Ensemble.

Analysis & Media

Article: 'Where words cannot reach' : an interview with Gordon Kerry / James Wade.

Book: Gordon Kerry : the influence of literature on the compositional process / by Nirmali Fenn.

- Document: A text in mind Gordon Kerry’s works often take their titles from literature. He talks here to Gordon Williams.

- Program note: Barry Conyngham's "Monuments"

- Article: Dawn of a new world symphony

- Video: Gordon Kerry Insights: Variations for String Quartet

- Video: La musique, by Gordon Kerry

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