Robert Allworth

Born in 1943, Robert Allworth was a keen student of piano and theory of music at school. He did not, however, decide to take up composition seriously until his late teens

Recognition came in 1965 when the ISCM selected a sonata for piano for performance in Stockholm. Since then there have been many public performances of Robert Allworth's chamber and solo works. As a member of the Fellowship of Australian Composers and producer of Jade Records, Robert Allworth has been responsible for producing more than75 CDs of the music of his fellow composers. He was recognised for his efforts in the promotion of contemporary music by being awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 1997.

Greg Bartholomew

Greg Bartholomew's music has been performed across the United States and in Canada, Europe and Australia. His choral works have been performed by such ensembles as Seattle Pro Musica, The Esoterics, the Oregon Repertory Singers, Octarium, Austin Vocal Arts Ensemble, and the Oratorio Society of Minnesota. The Ars Brunensis Chorus recording of his choral settings From the Odes of Solomon is available on CD by Capstone Records. Connecticut Choral Arts (Concora) released The 21st Century (A Girl Born in Afghanistan) on their 2007 CD "Songs and Stories of Liberation."

Commissioned by the Oregon Bach Festival Composer's Symposium in celebration of George Crumb's 75th birthday, Bartholomew's String Trio for George Crumb was premiered by Third Angle in July 2004 and will be released on CD by the Langroise Trio in April 2008. His instrumental work The Far North Land: Passages for violas in six parts was selected for performance at the 30th International Viola Congress in June 2002. A version of the same work for string quartet was premiered by the OdeonQuartet at Seattle's Town Hall in October 2003. That concert also featured the premiere of Bartholomew's Suite for Razumov (Act One), for clarinet and string quartet, which was subsequently recorded by members of the Kiev Philharmonic for release on the "Masterworks of the New Era" CD series. On the Ground Where We Live was awarded the Masterworks Prize by ERM Media and was recorded by the Czech Republic for the "Masterworks of the New Era" CD series

Paul Bruer

Paul Bruer is a member of Adelaide's Sylvan Players, a group of 15 who play free at venues ranging from schools, churches, nursing homes and seniors clubs, introducing recorder music (from medieval to contemporary) to audiences. Paul plays recorders, crumhorns and flute and has composed many pieces for the group's performances since he joined in 1994.

 

Diana Blom

Diana Blom is a composer an keyboard player and undertakes small research projects. She teaches music performance, music education and music writing concepts in the School of Contemporary Arts, University of Western Sydney.

Donald Bousted

Donald Bousted is a composer with an international reputation. His music has been played throughout the UK, in America, Germany, France, Czechoslovakia and Croatia and broadcast on national radio in the UK and France. His music for recorder is published by Moeck Verlag, as well as Orpheus Music, and has recorded on CD by Kathryn Bennetts and Peter Bowman. His organ piece A Woldgate Requiem has recently been released on a CD of new music for organ by the highly acclaimed organist Kevin Bowyer.

Donald was born in 1957 in Luton in the UK. He studied composition with Philip Cannon at the Royal College of Music and Margaret Lucy Wilkins at the University of Huddersfield. He won the Cobbett Prize for Composition at the RCM in 1981. He is a co-author of The Quarter-Tone Recorder Manual (Moeck, 1998) and is the Artistic Director of Ensemble QTR (Quarter-Tone Recorder). This group have recently been described as 'the UK's most exciting microtonal ensemble'(Barbican Centre, London). Notable recent performances include A Woldgate Requiem at the St. Albans International Organ Festival; Dance of Leilah: Dance of Lilith at St. John's Smith Square; A Journey Among Travellers at the Berkeley Music Festival, California, USA; The Evolution of Line at Musicora 97, Paris; and The Dream at the Old Academy in Prague and The Purcell Room, London. Donald's most recent commission was Tears, for the tuba quartet Tubalaté (funded by Arts 4 Everyone).

As well as writing music Donald has had a varied career as guitarist, conductor and teacher. He studied the guitar with Antonio Albanes and conducting with Harry Newsome at the Guildhall School of Music and trained to be a teacher at Durham University. He is presently a lecturer in Composition at the University of Huddersfield. Donald has also written for BBC TV, video and theatre.

Chris Berensen

Chris Berensen is a freelance performer of early keyboard instruments and received a University Postgraduate Award scholarship while recently completing a Masters degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under the supervision of Dr. Alan Maddox, Philip Swanton and Dr. Neal Peres da Costa. Notable ensembles he has performed with include the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Salut! Baroque, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, and the New Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of Cologne. He has also participated in masterclasses with such celebrated early music personalities as Jordi Savall, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Wieland Kuijken, Eduardo Eguez, and Genevieve Lacey. Chris is also a composer, and was commissioned in 2008 by the Australian Viola da Gamba Society. Other highlights in the area of composition include performing his own harpsichord concerto as part of his Bachelor of Music (Hons. I), and winning a Musica Viva competition at age 15. Chris also has a keen interest in jazz and contemporary popular music, and plays the electric bass with the vibrant music ministry of St. Barnabas Anglican Church in Sydney. He was recently offered a Swiss Government Scholarship to enable him to continue his studies in Europe.

Nigel Butterley

Nigel Butterley was born in Sydney in 1935 is regarded as one of the leading composers of his generation. His output includes the orchestral Meditations of Thomas Traherne (1968) and From Sorrowing Earth (1991), a violin concerto, four string quartets and other chamber music, vocal choral, piano and other instrumental works, and the opera Lawrence Hargrave Flying Alone (1988). Among recent major works are The Woven Light, a cycle of poems of Kathleen Raine for soprano and orchestra (1994), and Spell of Creation (2000) for soloists, choir and orchestra. His radiophonic choral work In the Head the Fire was awarded the Italia Prize in 1966.

After being a member of the music staff of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for some years, Nigel Butterley became a lecturer in contemporary music at Newcastle Conservatorium in 1973. Afterwards, he was a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Music at the University of Newcastle. He retired in 1991 and is currently a Visiting Professor. He holds an honorary doctorate in music from the same university, and is a Member of the Order of Australia.

Zana Clarke

Zana Clarke is a recorder specialist, active in the areas of performance, teaching and composition. She performs both as a soloist and with Nardoo, has recorded eight CDs and been involved in many ABC live broadcasts.

Zana has explored new ways of approaching recorder technique and it's role in many different media. She has also written works for solo recorder from beginners through to advanced players. Several of these compositions include vocalised recorder, a new technique she is developing whereby two individual melodic lines are sounded simultaneously by the one player (voice and recorder). Many of these pieces have been published and recorded.

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Racheal Cogan

Racheal Cogan has devoted her life so far to performing and studying music, finding teachers to show her the way, and travelling around the world studying and performing with many masters.

In the last few years she has been studying Persian music with nei player and singer Hossein Omoumi in France, performing with Kurdish musician Fardin Karamkhani in the United States, and briefly in South India studying Karnatic music with mridangam player Karaikudi R Mani. Racheal studied, performed and recorded with Ross Daly and his ensemble Labyrinth throughout Greece, Turkey and Macedonia from 2000?2002. In Australia she co-founded the haBiBis in 1993 who performed traditional Greek music. Their second CD intoxication received an ARIA (Australian Record Industry Award) in 1999.

Miggs Coggan

Miggs Coggan lives in Armidale NSW, and has worked with children for many years, teaching classroom music, creative dance, recorder, piano and early childhood music. She has been very much influenced by the teachings of Carl Orff and Dalcroze, and blends these ideas with her own. The music she has written to date has always been for her students to perform. It includes piano solos, accompanied songs, musicals and, more recently, original recorder ensembles.

Recorder was something learnt at Teachers College, but when it came time to teach it in schools, Miggs took lessons with Bernard Williams and then at a later date with Zana Clarke. Miggs now plays with an adult recorder ensemble, takes beginner adults in group classes. Her composition Kurrawongs won the inaugural Australian National Recorder Composition award in 2000.

Jonathan Crehan

Jonathan Crehan (NZ) is an emerging composer who likes to write classical music which is exciting and fun to listen to. He isn't afraid to use either modern-day composition techniques or traditional, and loves to focus on the mood of the piece, and its effect on the listener. Jonathan began composing at 8 years old, and started his first private lessons with the highly esteemed conductor and composer, Sir William Southgate, at the age of 16. He completed his Bmus in Composition at Victoria University of Wellington in 2007, and spent the next year doing more intense private study. In 2008, Jonathan Crehan was the winner of the 7th ADAM International Cello Festival Young Composer Competition as well as the 2008 Orpheus Publications Composition Competition. Jonathan's interests lie somewhere between composition, conducting and orchestration, and is keen to become consummate at all three.

Justo Diaz

Justo Diaz was born in Buenos Aires and moved to Australia in 1979. In 1980 he formed Papalote, a group which has been at the forefront of the movement towards multiculturalism. Diaz is its main arranger and composer, presenting a huge variety of Latin American music from Andean folk music to the African rhythms of the Caribbean. In 1984 Diaz was awarded an International Study Grant by the Australia Council, to spend time in Latin America and bring back a unique collection of instruments and experiences to share in music workshops. He has recorded the CD Papalote Chiselled in Stone with Larrikin Records.

Howard Dillon

Howard Dillon is a composer, violinist and teacher. He has a Masters degree in composition from La Trobe University. His interests in composition extend to electro-acoustic music and sound installations, as well as more traditional instrumental composition. Since 1997, he has organised the Elbow Room Concert Series highlighting the work of Melbourne composers in non-traditional venues. His music has been performed by the Astra Music Society, the Melbourne Composers' League, Monash University and as part of the Asian Music Festival in Bangkok and at the Meetings of New Music Festival in Rumania. He has had his Sound Installations exhibited at the Linden Gallery in Melbourne and at the National Gallery of Victoria.

Roman Molino Dunn

Roman Molino Dunn, is a devoted eccentric concentric contrapuntist. He is completely and obsessively concerned with counterpoint (the inter-weaving of multiple melodies into one beautiful musical composition) and the nature of suspensions and ornamentations. But above all, he believes the point of writing music is to capture beauty so that it may be forever found. Roman Molino Dunn graduated from Moravian Academy Highschool in 2003, and has recently completed his joint Bachelors and Master's Degree (BA/MA) in Music Composition at Hunter College in NYC. He is in an accelerated degree program that allows qualified students the opportunity to complete both their undergraduate and graduate work all in four years. Roman Molino Dunn's Prelude and Offering is currently published by Gold Branch Music (http://www.goldbranchmusic.com). Roman was the recipient of the 2005 Libby Van Arsdale Memorial Scholarship Prize in Music Theory/History (from Hunter College). Also the winner of the 2002 MCAC YME Award for his Song Cycle "4 Facets" (Awarded by the Monroe County Arts Council of PA). He was the recipient of the 2006 Orpheus Music Composition Competition (New South Wales, Australia) recorder ensemble award. Roman studied composition foremost with Shafer Mahoney and Christopher Theofanidis. He has also studied with Allen Anderson, Michael Annicchiarico, Poundie Burstein, Mark Spicer, and mathematics and computation in counterpoint with John Rogers. While in high school Roman studied with Jenny Collins, Gail Grossman, Eric Doney, and Neil Wetzel. He has tutored in counterpoint, harmony, and keyboard proficiency both privately, and for undergraduate Hunter University music students. He recently composed the music for Douglas Morse's (of Grandfather Films) movie, The Summoning of Everyman. His piece In Memory of Paul F. Gilligan III was performed in October of 2006 at a dedication hosted by the Paul F. Gilligan III Foundation. His sacred works have been performed in local NYC churches, most notably Church of the Holy Cross (W. 42nd St.). Roman presented his paper Discrete Melodic Set Theory: Abstract Algebraic Approach to Counterpoint at the 2007 Conference of the Society for Mathematics and Computation in Music in Berlin, Germany. Roman works as a music transcriber, copyist, and engraver for hire in the NYC area.

Lance Eccles

Lance Eccles is one of Australia?s leading composers for recorder ensemble and his music has gained considerable popularity around the world. He has been able to bring to life music of Non-Western origins in a very individual and accessible manner. Lance has been a member of the Reluctant Consort, a Sydney-based recorder group, since 1982, and many of his recorder compositions and arrangements have been written either for that group, meetings of the Sydney Society of Recorder Players or Batalla Famossa. By profession he is a senior lecturer in Chinese at Macquarie University.

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Ross Edwards

Ross Edwards was born in 1943 and lives and works in Sydney. He is regarded as one of Australia's most distinguished composers.

For more than two decades his commitment to the ideal of music as a positive and regenerative force within society has led him to explore beyond the confines of Western Art Music. His distinctive sound-world interfuses shapes and patterns from nature with a variety of musical resources which reflect and celebrate Australia's cultural diversity.

In his maninya (dance-chant) pieces, Edwards has pursued an ideal of wholeness a reintegration of mind, body and spirit and a restoration to 'serious' music of such qualities as lightness, spontaneity and the impulse to dance. Another side of his creativity is expressed in his 'sacred' or 'contemplative' pieces, which are characterised by by a timeless austerity much influenced by bird song and the mysterious polyphony of the insect chorus of the Australian bush.

Edwards is perhaps best known for his orchestral music. He has also written extensively for chamber ensembles, for dance and for film. His music has been widely recorded and recordings and pieces have received a number of awards and prizes.

Ross Edwards has twice been awarded an Australia Council Creative Fellowship and in 1997 he was made a member of the Order of Australia for services to music as a composer. Ulpirra was commissioned in 1993 by Jo Dudley, who has recorded it on the CD Ecstatic Dances: Ross Edwards' Chamber Music Volume One, Tall Poopies Records (TP051).

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Robyn Ellis

Robyn has had a passion for all things recorder since her Primary School days in Forbes NSW. She currently lives in Tenterfield where she teaches music at Tenterfield High School. Since 1997 she has composed for and performed with the folk group Random Selection who appear regularly at festivals in the local area. Her nephew's 11th birthday inspired her first composition for recorder and piano

Winsome Evans

Winsome Evans plays more instruments than is decent, ranging from the harpsichord to the psaltery, gemshorn and cornetto. In 1966 she founded the Renaissance Players, Australia's first professional early music group for whom she has composed and arranged about 2500 pieces. The Renaissance Players repertoire covers medieval, renaissance and baroque music as well as various folk traditions. They have released six LPs and 11 CDs with more in the pipeline.

As a harpsichordist (always armed with an apple) she has performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Sydney Baroque and many other groups, and she has been a session musician for a number of films.

Winsome is an associate professor at the University of Sydney where she teaches aspects of composition and musical history including historical performance practice. She also manages to annoy the faceless bureaucrats who don't understand that fun and creativity are not incompatible with rigorous scholarship.

She has composed and arranged music for many ABC radio features (including Watership Down) and for TV documentary programs. She has been awarded a BEM and OAM for services to music.

Russell Gilmour

Russell Gilmour (born Sydney, 1956) commenced tertiary studies in music at the relatively late age of 23 at the University of New England, Armidale where he studied composition with Ann Ghandar and Graeme Koehne. After graduating, Gilmour spent twelve years teaching both primary and secondary school classroom music. He was Director of the Bathurst Chamber Orchestra from 1988 to 1990. In 1994 he moved to Tasmania and gave up full-time teaching to devote more time to composition. His music has been performed by the Queensland, Tasmanian and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras, the Queensland Philharmonic, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and numerous other ensembles. Russell Gilmour is currently lecturer in orchestration and arranging at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music; Artistic Administrator of the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra Council; and Arts Events Panel Member, Department of State Development, Arts Tasmania.

Quentin Grant

Quentin Grant is an Adelaide-based composer. He is involved in a wide range of musical activities in different genres including rock, folk and orchestral music. He is one of the organisers of ACME New music.

In 1985 and 1987 he received South Australian Young Composers awards and has recently been composer in residence for the ASO and at the ASME biennial conference.

William Green

William Green lives in Auckland, New Zealand, and has worked there and in Australia as a pianist in a variety of fields, including dance, theatre, opera and silent film. He is also a recitalist, poet, teacher and occasional lecturer. His compositions include piano, chamber, choral and orchestral music, as well as a comic opera and music for theatre. His "Three Glimpses" for flute and piano (1997) featured in an anthology of New Zealand flute music.

John Hardy

John Hardy (b. 1963) spent his early years in Bondi, Sydney, and while still a schoolboy began working professionally as a piano accompanist as well as being employed as an organist and choirmaster. Many of his own compositions in the fields of chamber music, and secular and sacred choral music received public performances at this time. He was admitted to the Sydney University BMus course in 1982 and over the next three years studied composition with Eric Gross, Winsome Evans and Peter Sculthorpe. He moved to Western Australia in 1988 and with his wife, flautist and musicologist Dr Emily Gunson, he performs regularly in chamber music recitals as a pianist and harpsichordist. Over recent years he has returned to his compositional activities with a series of critically acclaimed sonatas and songs, which reflect his melodic gift framed in elegantly classical sonata structures.

Trevor Holton

Trevor Holton is a violinist, havin worked in symphony orchestras in Australia and UK and recording sessions, TV variety and film music. He is now a teacher living on the Mornington Peninsula, south of Melbourne. He has composed works for solo instruments, ensembles and orchestra. He also arranges for school orchestras on demand.

Okavango was inspired by his daughter's school geography project on the inland delta in Botswana, Africa.

Dale Jones

Dale Jones was born in Ipswich, Queensland in 1962 and has had a rich and varied musical career as a performer, composer and teacher. As an orchestral double bass player for twenty years he worked with the Tasmanian, Melbourne and Queensland Symphony Orchestras. In addition to this he has maintained a keen interest in composing and songwriting having produced three albums of original music as well as composing music for film, theatre and small ensembles.

Dale has also spent many years as an educator and is currently teaching strings and directing ensembles at the Samford Valley Steiner School near Brisbane.

Luigi Antonio Irlandini

Luigi Antonio Irlandini (1958), composer and pianist, has studied in Brazil, Italy and the USA. He studied with Franco Donatoni in Italy and Brian Ferneyhough in California, among other teachers, and received his PhD from the University of California Santa Barbara.

Agnistoma II was commisioned by Musica Riservata Association, Milan, Italy for the 1998 festival Simboli E Allegorie Del Sacro Nella Musica Strumentale Antice E Contemporanea.

Agnistoma II is a polyphonic elaboration of the rhythmic-melodic materials in Agnistoma I, a piece for voice, two soprano recorders, and didjeridu, on a hymn from the Rig Veda, and sung in Sanskrit. Both pieces may be performed as two separate pieces or as a two-movement work entitled simply Agnistoma. Agnistoma means 'praise of fire'.

Jason Jeffery

Jason Jeffery is currently completing a Diploma of Education at Monash University, Clayton Campus. Previously he completed his Bachelor of Music with Honours in Performance and Composition, also at Monash University. There he studied jazz guitar under James Wilson and composition under Thomas Reiner. Jason has studied music since he entered high school, where his first instrument was the alto saxophone. He then moved onto piano and finally to guitar, which is now his principal instrument. As a member of various bands and ensembles he has appeared and participated at many festivals and concerts, receiving awards for his efforts.

Jason has performed with ensembles such as: Funktional, The Jazz Trio, Groove Force and Past Echoes. He has also been a member of the Monash University choir, Viva Voce, and represented the choir on their 1997 tour of Japan. His compositions are diverse in style and have been described as having a witty sense of humour by his peers. In the future Jason would like to promote his work both as performer and composer and become part of the larger musical community.

Tim Knight

Tim was born in Northallerton, North Yorkshire in 1959, subsequently becoming a chorister at York Minster under Dr Francis Jackson. He later studied choral conducting under the direction of the late John Coates.

This excellent grounding in choral music together with his dynamic style and approach has led him to conducting engagements in the UK, Canada, USA and Norway as well as being the resident director of music for three Yorkshire choirs. As a composer his work includes choral, vocal, instrumental and orchestral works, in which he strives for "melodic music that will appeal to performers and musicians." He has earned composition awards from the Royal School of Church Music and the Oare International Composers Competition. He has over 90 works currently in print in the UK and USA; and performances have taken place in Canada, the USA, Norway, Holland, Ukraine and New Zealand.

Tim has two young sons and lives in Leeds, but retreats to the peaceful Yorkshire Dales for composing!

Rupert Kirby

Rupert Kirby lives in Lynton, North Devon, England with his wife, Olwyn and children, Gemma and Martyn.

As a child he was born into a musical family, a distant relative of Ralph Vaughan Williams and grandson of the Bassoon Composer Geoffrey Hartley. He developed his skills in the church choir and the Kent Music School, gaining a music scholarship to King's Taunton.

His teaching career started with a post as bass singer and teacher of maths and English at the Abbey Choir school in Tewkesbury. More recently he filled the post of Head of Music at Minehead Middle School, where he develops musical opportunities for youth, running the West Somerset Junior Orchestra and a plethora of different choral and instrumental groups. In this capacity he has written works for junior orchestra, strings and individual pieces for particularly talented members of the groups he runs. He has also been involved in the West Country's folk music scene as a member of the Folk Group 'Hearts of Oak'.

Rupert enjoys canoeing, having been a canoe instructor in the Ardeche, Southern France, whilst a student, and now regularly takes to the North Devon coast and rivers with his son, Martyn in plastic kayaks.

Sr Marie Duchesne Lavin

Sr Marie Duchesne Lavin (b. 1930) is a Catholic nun who has spent most of her life involved in music education. She has taught privately and in schools and teachers colleges in Australia, and Papua New Guinea and completed courses in the USA and Hungary. While in PNG she researched traditional music and collected and transcribed two volumes of it.

Beverley Lea

Beverley Lea lives in Armidale NSW Australia. Her recorder compositions are Pages From a Book (1997) (Tenor recoder), Desert Night (1998) (Tenor recorder), Dark Grey;Spun Gold (2000) (Quartet D,Tr,T,B) and Through the Trees (2001) (Bass recorder). A piano composition, Embers (1997) can be heard on The Australian Piano Music CD From Rags to Recollections played by Renate Turrini, Nea 003.

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