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Rosalind Page : Represented Artist

Creating sonic symbiosis merging image, text and science

Random Audio Sample: Intermezzo 1 : Fuglar himins (Birds of Heaven) : saxophone with piano by Rosalind Page, from the CD Breath by Breath


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Composer and writer Dr Rósalind Page creates music that moves seamlessly between acoustic and electronic realms, mapping poetic dramaturgical interconnections across sound, image, astronomy, physiology and text. 


Rósalind studied composition at Sydney Conservatorium of Music with further studies in North America, graduating with a B.A. (Mus) Summa cum laude from the University of Delaware, USA. Upon returning to Australia, Rósalind undertook a Master of Arts (Theatre and Film Studies) at UNSW, researching sound and image relationships in the films of Andrei Tarkovsky and Wim Wenders. In 2006, she completed her PhD in Composition with Ross Edwards at the University of Sydney, where prior to her composing career, she graduated with a BVSc in Veterinary Science.

In 2006, Rósalind's acclaimed song cycle Sonetos del Amor Oscuro (2004), setting texts in Spanish by Federico García Lorca, was awarded the Paul Lowin Song Cycle Prize. Her cello concerto FRACTURE (2004) - an interpretation of Shakespeare's King Lear and Akira Kurosawa's RAN, received a Highly Commended Award in the 2004 Paul Lowin Orchestral Prize.


Merging her aesthetic of interconnectedness, Rósalind's solo and chamber works are expressed in large scale forms across expansive series:

Being and Time - inspired by the artworks of Latvian-Australian artist Imants Tillers
I. Lacrimae rerum (piano, cello, clarinet and cymbal)
II. Tabula Rasa (piano and dice)
III. Paradiso (cello, cymbal and dice)
IV. Infinite Distances (string quartet no.3)
V. HORIZON (choir)
VI. If I Close My Eyes (piano, cello, violin, clarinet and flute)

Time and Water
I. Ett Drömspell (choir)
II. Luxe, calme et volupté (chamber orchestra)
III. Ata whenua ~ Land of reflections (piano, cello and violin)

Kunstwerke: Kandinsky & Astronomy
I. Macula lutea (flutes, piano, cello, percussion and pulsars)
II. Extrema (cello, cymbal and pulsars)
III. Courbe dominante (flute)
IV. Trente (piano)

In 2014 Rósalind received a prestigious Australia Council for the Arts Music Fellowship to create new international works and in 2017, her three song cycles, Apollinairesongs, Hrafnsöngvar and Sonetos del Amor Oscuro, were included as Required Contemporary Repertoire in the prestigious 10th International Hilde Zadek Vocal Competition, during which Rósalind attended Grand Final performances at the Musikverein, Vienna.

International residences include Visby International Composers' Centre (VICC, Sweden), CAMAC, Marnay-sur-Seine, (France), Herhusið (Iceland), Leighton Artists' Colony, Banff Centre (Canada) and Imogen Holt's Residency through the Britten-Pears Foundation (UK).

HORIZON (2018), with texts in Latin, Latvian and English, premiered at Riga's National Museum of Art, was honoured by inclusion in the ISCM Official Australian Selection and performed by the renowned Latvian Radio Choir at ISCM World Music Days 2019 Tallinn.

Upcoming recordings 2022 include String Quartets 1, 2 & 3 with Kreutzer Quartet (UK) and Kunstwerke - Kandinsky & Astronomy - 'Trente' with pianist Mark Knoop (UK).



Rosalind Page — current to November 2021

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2006 Paul Lowin Song Cycle Prize Winner Sonetos del amor oscuro
2004 Paul Lowin Orchestral Prize Highly Commended Fracture

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Being and time III: Paradiso : for cello and dice (2015) Commissioned for the 2015 Canberra International Music Festival Barbara Blackman Lecture.
Zerkalo (Mirror) (string quartets with live electronics) (2013) Commissioned by The NOISE.
Nous sommes embarqués : string quartet (2011) Commissioned by Musica Viva Australia, Silo String Quartet.
ata whenua : for violin, cello and piano (2011) Commissioned for Musica Viva Australia by Arnold and Mary Bram
Piano trio : piano trio (2011) Commissioned for Musica Viva by Arnold and Mary Bram
Pirrki-pirrki : bloodwood (2009) Commissioned by The Song Company.