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Nicole Murphy : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: Spinning top : piano trio by Nicole Murphy, from the CD Aussie Album

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Nicole Murphy's music has been described as 'exquisite and sensitive' (Sydney Morning Herald), 'strong and compelling' (Loudmouth) and 'full of exhilarating tension' (Arts Knoxville).

She has been commissioned by eminent arts organisations including the Australian Ballet, the Royal Academy of Dance (London), the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Experiments in Opera/Symphony Space (New York), Orchestra Victoria, Wild Rumpus (San Francisco), Chamber Sounds (Singapore), and the Definiens Project (Los Angeles).

Her music has been performed by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, NOWensemble (New York), Alarm Will Sound (US), Ars Nova (Dallas), and Halcyon (Sydney), and has been programmed at numerous festivals, including the Mizzou International Music Festival, the Norfolk/Yale Chamber Music Festival (Connecticut), the Dallas Festival of Modern Music, the Nief Norf Festival (Tennessee), the Risuonanze Festival (Italy), and the Vox Feminae Festival (Tel Aviv).

Nicole is the recipient of various awards, including the inaugural Layton Composer Fellowship at the University of NSW (2018), Ensemble Offspring's Noisy Women Commission (2019), the MAFB International Commissioning Prize (2015), and the Theodore Front International Orchestral Prize (2013). She has been a Composer Fellow at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology's 'Intimacy of Creativity' program (2018) and a Resident Composer at the Mizzou International Composers Festival (2019).

Her piano trio, Spinning Top, was included on ABC Classic 2019 release, Women of Note: A Century of Australian Music.

Nicole is the Composer-in-Residence at the Queensland Academy for Creative Industries and teaches composition at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University. She holds a PhD from the University of Queensland.

Nicole Murphy — current to October 2019

Studied with

Gerard Brophy (2001 - 2004)

Gerardo Dirié (2009 - 2011)

Robert Davidson (2013)


Teacher/Influence on

Alexander Voltz

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2020 Momentum Commissions MOMENTUM III - Sue W COVID-19 Special Commissions Glimpse
2017 Iceberg New Music - Call for scores Winner Untangled
2016 nief-norf Summer Festival - call for scores Winner Stolen

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Vector : for solo trombone (2021) Commissioned by The ANAM Set, Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM).
Digital sheet music sample Glimpse : for two pianos (2021) Commissioned as part of the Australian Music Centre's Momentum III Sue-W Covid-19 special commissions project. These commissions were generously sponsored by Mrs Sue Willgoss and Associate Professor Richard Willgoss.
Invocations : for Bb clarinet, piano, violin, viola & violoncello (2021) Commissioned by 4MBS for 'Opus 5', Ensemble-in-Residence for the 2021 Festival of Classics
Digital sheet music sample Ghosts (mezzo-soprano with cello) (2020) Commissioned by Halcyon.
Anamnesis (octets: 4 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos) (2019) Commissioned for Musica Viva Australia by Barry & Diana Moore in support of Australian composition.
Velvet Drop (solo piano) (2016) Commissioned by the Royal Academy of Dance for the Genée International Ballet Competition in 2016.

Analysis & Media

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