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Caitlin Rowley : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: Shimmer (solo piano) by Caitlin Rowley, from the CD Hammered

Photo of Caitlin Rowley

Photo: John Mackerras

Artist website: http://caitlinrowley.com

Caitlin Rowley (b. 1973, Sydney) is an experimental composer, artist and performer based in the UK. Her work often addresses questions of memory, visual/auditory disconnect and the boundaries between private and public compositional spaces. She works in a range of media, including conventionally notated music for instruments and voices, text scores, video, mixed media and art prints. Her compositions often combine multiple media in a single work (such as her experimental song cycle for tenor and piano Crossing Dartmoor) or use unique art objects as scores (Fortune Favours the Brave for flute and objects, or Community of Objects for four performers).

Rowley's work has been performed and exhibited internationally in venues including Kings Place, the Barbican, Brisbane Powerhouse, Southbank Centre, Flood House Chicago, the Royal Academy of Arts, Morley Gallery and 44AD Artspace, and at festivals in Australia, Norway and the UK. Performers have included Topology, pianist Jeanell Carrigan, Plus-Minus Ensemble and noted British soprano Jane Manning. Her music has been broadcast nationally in Australia and the UK.

Rowley studied composition at the University of Sydney with Peter Sculthorpe and Eric Gross for her Bachelor of Music degree, and screen composition with Jan Preston at the Australian Film Television and Radio School. She obtained her Master's degree in Composition (MFA Creative Practice (Music)) from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, where her teachers and mentors included Errollyn Wallen MBE, Paul Newland, Stephen Montague, Dominic Murcott and Sam Hayden. After graduating from Trinity Laban with Distinction in 2014, she attended classes in Sound Art, Field Recording and Soundscape Composition at Morley College London. She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Design (with Distinction) from University of Technology, Sydney. Since 2016 she has been engaged in part-time doctoral research in interdisciplinary composition at Bath Spa University under the supervision of composer James Saunders and artist Robert Luzar.

Rowley writes about her research work, the creative process and the role of fear in creativity on her blog, and since 2017 she has produced a regular video blog about her composition process, revealing her working process through updates on current work in progress.

Caitlin Rowley works freelance as a composer, performer, producer and teacher. She is a resident composer-performer with the acclaimed London collective Bastard Assignments.

Caitlin Rowley — current to May 2018

Studied with

Eric Gross (1991)

Peter Sculthorpe (1992 - 1995)

Jan Preston (1998)


Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Crossing Dartmoor : tenor voice with piano (2015) Commissioned by Simon Oliver Marsh.
Digital sheet music sample Drowning songs : for chamber choir (2014) Commissioned by Trinity Laban Chamber Choir.