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Australian Commissions

Musica Viva proudly supports Australian music. Alongside these commissions, which will be heard at least seven times on each tour in 2020, we also feature new and existing Australian music in all of our other series and programs, including Musica Viva In Schools, FutureMakers, Competitions, Festivals and Morning Concerts. 


Jakub Jankowski is a young composer based in Adelaide. Chamber music has been the focus of his recent works - many of which have been championed by prestigious musicians from Australia and abroad. 

Jakub was featured as a composer in residence at the 2019 Tongyeong International Music Festival in South Korea, which included the world premiere of The Dove Descending written especially for the Arditti String Quartet.    

Jakub’s music has also been featured at a number of events, including: the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival (2018), the Musica Viva Chamber Music Festival (2017), the London International Mime Festival (2016), and the Adelaide International Cello Festival (2014). 

Jakub's first string quartet was comissioned by the Adelaide Commissioning Circle and will be premiered by the Goldner String Quartet.


 


Paul Stanhope is an award-winning Sydney-based composer whose works have received notable performances in the UK, Europe, and in many Asia-Pacific countries as well as North and South America.

After studies with Andrew Ford, Andrew Schultz and Peter Sculthorpe, Paul was awarded the Charles Mackerras Scholarship which enabled him to study for a time at the Guildhall School of Music in London. His music-drama Jandamarra: Sing for the Country, based on the life of the Western Australian Indigenous resistance hero and premiered by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 2014, has been hailed as a work of major cultural significance.

In 2010 Paul was Musica Viva’s featured composer, and in 2018 he was commissioned by Musica Viva to compose a new piano trio, Pulses, which was performed by all competitors as part of the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. 

Cho-Liang Lin and Jon Kimura Parker will premiere Paul's new violin sonata.


 


Clare Maclean studied composition with Gillian Bibby in New Zealand, before moving to Australia for studies with Peter Sculthorpe and Bruce Crossman in Sydney, where she has remained.

As a student she began singing with the Sydney Chamber Choir, and this experience, particularly with the Renaissance repertoire, influenced her writing style, which often uses modal tonalities and contrapuntal textures.

Clare is especially known for her choral compositions, and in 2012, she won the Australian Art Music Award for vocal music. She has represented Australia in ISCM World Music Days and Asian Composers League Festivals, and teaches at the University of Western Sydney.

Chanticleer will premiere Clare’s Beannaicht an long (‘Blest be the boat’) for Musica Viva, a commission supported by the WA Commissioning Circle.


 


Elizabeth Younan completed her Bachelor of Music Composition degree with Honours in 2015 at the Sydney Conservatorium, where she was awarded a scholarship with the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions for her thesis.

She completed her Masters in Composition studying with Carl Vine and in 2018 commenced studies in composition at the Curtis Institute of Music, USA on a merit-based, full tuition scholarship – the first Australian composer to do so in over 60 years.

Her 2018 Piano Sonata, commissioned by Musica Viva for Joyce Yang, garnered significant critical praise. Elizabeth’s new string quartet, commissioned for Julian Burnside for Musica Viva, will be premiered by the Goldmund Quartet. 


 


Lachlan Skipworth writes orchestral, chamber, vocal and experimental music. His vivid musical language is coloured by three years spent in Japan where his immersion in the study of the shakuhachi bamboo flute inevitably became a part of his muse.

Winning the 2014 Paul Lowin Prize for orchestral composition led to a string of major commissions and an appointment as Composer-in-Residence with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. His Piano Trio was commissioned for the 2015 Musica Viva Festival and performed on tour by the Sitkovetsky Trio in 2017.

The Eggner Trio and Diana Doherty will premiere Lachlan’s Oboe Quartet. It was commissioned for Musica Viva in memory of Anne and Alan Blanckensee, by their son Andrew, family, and friends.