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Alexander Voltz : Associate Artist

Alexander's work takes inspiration from myth, politics and the historic.

Random Audio Sample: Capital Hill : for chamber orchestra by Alexander Voltz, from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 141.

Photo of Alexander Voltz

Photo: Alex Jamieson


Artist website: https://adkvoltz.com/

Alexander Voltz's work takes inspiration from myth, politics and the historic. His music has been performed and supported by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Opera Queensland, Australian National Academy of Music, Camerata - Queensland's Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Offspring, Flinders Quartet, Australian Youth Orchestra, Queensland Youth Orchestras, The University of Queensland, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and others.

24-year-old Voltz was a winner in Artology's 2015 Fanfare Competition (Sydney) and reached the semi-finals of the Bartok World Composition Competition (Budapest) in both 2018 and 2020. He was awarded The University of Queensland's Prize for Composition in 2019 and 2021. In 2018, he conducted several performances of his chamber symphony Sontsivka across North Queensland. Voltz attended the Australian Youth Orchestra's 2020 National Music Camp as a composition participant, and was engaged with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's Cybec 21st Century Composers' Program also in that year. His chamber opera, Edward and Richard: The True Story of the Princes in the Tower, premiered in 2021 in Brisbane. In 2022, he served as Camerata - Queensland's Chamber Orchestra's Emerging Composer-in-Residence, was a recipient of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Composer Commissioning Fund, and placed second in the Harlow Chorus Young Composers' Competition (London).

Voltz conceived and directed The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Concert, recognised by the Australian Government as the Commonwealth's largest musical tribute to Her Late Majesty Elizabeth II in Her seventieth year as Queen of Australia. He is a Spokesperson for the Australian Monarchist League.

Voltz holds a Bachelor of Music (Hons I) from The University of Queensland, where he studied viola performance under Patricia Pollett and then composition with Robert Davidson, Nicole Murphy and Catherine Likhuta. His Honours thesis investigated harmonic language within his music, and argued that contemporary art music composers should aspire towards authenticity, rather than originality or imitation. He has also benefited from the mentorships of several other leading Australian composers, including Brenton Broadstock AM, Brett Dean and Melody Eötvös. Voltz also holds a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Ancient History/History and Writing. He has penned articles for Limelight Magazine and 4MBS Classic FM 103.7, and writes regularly for Sky News, The Spectator Australia, and The Epoch Times. Voltz is the founding Music Editor of Quadrant.

As a violist, Voltz is an alumnus of the Queensland Youth Symphony and the University of Queensland Symphony Orchestra. He has performed under several renowned Australian conductors, including John Curro AM MBE and Richard Gill AO, and has undertaken international tours to Germany, China and the United States.

Voltz lives in Brisbane, Australia. He signs his work A. D. K. Voltz.

Alexander Voltz — current to November 2023

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Central Highland Rounds : for strings (2022) Commissioned by Camerata - Queensland's Chamber Orchestra.
Digital sheet music sample Prayer for a Lost Friend : for violin and piano (2021) Commissioned by The ANAM Set, Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM).
Capital Hill : for chamber orchestra (2020) Commissioned as part of the Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers’ Program.
Curtain! : for chamber orchestra (2019) Produced as part of the Australian Youth Orchestra's 2020 National Music Camp.