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Robert McIntyre : Associate Artist

Music is innate to the human condition, so making something that can resonate so deeply with the internal that also has artistic impetus is one of my continual ambitions.

Photo of Robert McIntyre

Photo: Serene Lorimer (they/them)

Drawing on nature, important causes and the personal as potential compositional frameworks, Robert McIntyre b.1998 (he/him) is an Australian Naarm/Melbourne-based composer and flautist whose music creates an atmosphere of discussion and reflection. Robert holds a BH-MUS(Honours) in Music Composition with First Class Honours (H1) from the University of Melbourne (MCM), having learnt under Stuart Greenbaum in his honours and under Katy Abbott, Elliott Gyger, Miriama Young, Caerwen Martin and Melody Eötvös across his studies.

His music is performed and recorded in Australia and so far internationally in EU, CAN and US. It has been brought to life through by many household names such as the Australian Youth Orchestra, Syzygy Ensemble, Collide Trio, Trio Immersio, Melbourne Saxophone, the University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and more.

Robert's work A Sea Spray of Ash (2019), based on climate activism, has received extensive notice and performance, notably having co-won the 2022 No Divide KC Art Song Competition (US, Kansas City) and having received dual-selection in KAMMERKLANG's 2021 'Hidden Curiosities' (MELB and SYD) programmes: performed by Amelia Jones & Stefan Cassomenos and Anna Fraser & Jack Symonds respectively.

He was commissioned by Divisi Chamber Singers for the inaugural Composer Queer Initiative, which additionally led his work Syrup and Silicone (2020), with text by Savanna Wegman, to be recorded on their 2022 debut album Spectrum, which is Australia's first-ever fully-Queer/LGBTQIA+ classical music album.

Robert's piano trio See through me has also placed 2nd in the 2022 Luna Nova Student Composition Contest (US, Tennessee), performed in the Belvedere Chamber Music Festival. Initially, it was composed for Trio Immersio as part of the Vienna/New York-based ICEBERG 2021 New Music Institute.

Other notable programs to date include the 2021 Australian Youth Orchestra National Composition Program writing for Momentum Ensemble under the mentorship of Anne Cawrse, and 2022 Composing in the Wilderness writing for Corvus Ensemble (US, Alaska).

Robert is influenced by classical-contemporary music, post-minimalism, classical-crossover and film/soundtrack music. He is inspired by the likes of Abbott, Cawrse, Greenbaum and Martin, as well as Thomas Newman, John Adams, Olafür Arnalds, and Joe Hisaishi to name a few. Robert is also published in Take Note: Interviews with Australian Composers, edited by musicologist Madeline Roycroft, for his co-interview Stuart Greenbaum. He has interned with Syzygy Ensemble and is working with Abbott in digital-content marketing. In 2021 he commenced postgraduate study at the Melbourne Law School (Juris Doctor) and aspires to undertake a composition masters further on.


Robert McIntyre — current to July 2022

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample See through me : for piano trio (2021) This work was written as part of the 2021 ICEBERG New Music Institute for the Vienna-based piano trio Trio Immersio. It is dedicated to Tom.
Digital sheet music sample When wind washes water away : for symphony orchestra (2021) Commissioned by Victorian Youth Symphony Orchestra, Ingrid Martin.
Digital sheet music sample Syrup and Silicone : for choir/chamber choir (SSAATTBB) and piano (2020) Commissioned by Divisi Chamber Singers in 2020 as part of the inaugural Compose Queer Initiative.
Digital sheet music sample Starlit Sands : for violin and piano (2020) Commissioned by and dedicated to Emma Winestone for her 2020 Final Honours Year Recital.