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2016 Albert H Maggs Composition Award winner announced

Composer Peter Knight has been awarded the 2016 Albert H Maggs Composition Award for his work Diomira.

Administered annually by the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne, the Albert H Maggs Composition Award provides an Australian composer funding to create a new musical work of a substantial nature.

The judging panel for 2016 included Professor Stuart Greenbaum, Dr Katy Abbott Kvasnica and Dr Miriama Young (University of Melbourne), and Professor Matthew Hindson (University of Sydney). Speaking about the winning entry, the panel noted:

“Peter Knight’s work is inherently emotive and sonically arresting. It creates a rich and intricate post-minimalist sound world, gradually slowing in tempo, to reveal a soundscape of electronic glitches, vocalisations and real-world sounds. The effect over time is compelling and thought-provoking. We look forward to hearing the new work that the Award commissions.”

Peter Knight is an award-winning composer and multi-instrumentalist, and is the Artistic Director of the Australian Art Orchestra. He holds a doctorate from Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University.

The Albert H Maggs Composition Award offers a $7,000 commission to write a new work with a performance subsidy of $3,000 and is open to all Australian composers. Visit the scholarship page for information about how to apply.

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