Melbourne Conservatorium of Music & Melbourne Recital Centre's Composition Award

Melbourne’s most promising graduate composers to have studied at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music are given the opportunity to develop an original composition for one of our Local Heroes ensembles!

The Melbourne Recital Centre and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music Composition Award provides MCM’s emerging composers with the chance to write a six to eight minute work for one our Local Heroes ensembles. With two prizes awarded annually, the winners also receive a $1,500 commission fee, complimentary tickets to the premiere of their composition, plus an archival recording of the performance.

Following final examinations at the end of the academic year, composition staff at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music recommend their outstanding students who have completed an appropriate level of tertiary composition study, show significant compositional promise, as well as a commitment to musical composition as a professional career path.

The Melbourne Recital Centre/Melbourne Conservatorium of Music Composition Award is supported by Majlis Pty Ltd.

The 2014 winners are: Matthew Westwood and Mark Viggiani.

Matthew Westwood has just completed his BMus Honours year in composition, studying with Stuart Greenbaum and Brenton Broadstock. He was accepted into the undergraduate composition program in 2011, and has achieved outstanding results in his composition, music theory, and orchestration subjects throughout the degree. His interests and influences as a composer are diverse and varied, ranging from Baroque music, to highly experimental 20th century music, to electronic dance music, and everything in between. Matt has composed for numerous short films, and is interested in composing for TV, film, and video games in the future, as well as for concert performance. He also has a great deal of recording studio experience, and is active as a violinist as well as collaborating intensively with fellow musicians on performance and recording projects. His music is energetic and virtuosic, drawing on contemporary dance grooves and an unconventional but effective approach to instrumental idiom, especially for strings.

Mark Viggiani studied with Elliott Gyger and Stuart Greenbaum to complete a Ph.D. in composition at the University of Melbourne in 2013. His music has been performed by various ensembles in Australia and Europe including the Tasmanian and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras, Orchestra Victoria, the Mons Kinky Pinky Orchestra (Belgium), Z.O.O. Duo (Netherlands), The Song Company, Syzygy Ensemble and Speak Percussion. He is also a performer in his own right, releasing The Rainmaker, a CD of original compositions for guitar to international critical acclaim. He has won numerous awards and prizes, including the 2012 Zavod Classical/Jazz Fusion Composition Award. In late 2013 he completed a residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida working with composer Martin Bresnick. Mark’s most recent work has been driven by a long-held fascination with early 20th century blues and Italian folk and popular music. He has combined these influences with contemporary techniques to create a distinctively personal style in works such as the song cycle Vorrei… and the Field Holler series.

2013 Winners and their commissioned works.

The 2013 winners of the Composition Award were Elliot Hughes and Tom Henry. This week, Elliot Hughes’ new work for quintet will be premiered by Syzygy Ensemble.

Syzygy Ensemble: Logic
Thursday 10 April 6pm, Salon
Featuring Elliot Hughes original composition for quintet.
Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre as part of Metropolis New Music Festival and Local Heroes
For more information and tickets to this event, please click here

Elliott Hughes is a Melbourne based composer, arranger and trumpet player. Find out more about Elliot.

Tom Henry’s new commission for the Flinders Quartet and Greta Bradman premiere to be announced 2015.