Four graduates from The University of Western Australia’s School of Music have been named as finalists in this year’s APRA Art Music Awards.
UWA graduate Lachlan Skipworth, who also works as a tutor in the School of Music, was nominated for Orchestral Work of the Year for his Concerto for clarinet and orchestra.
Dr Alan Lourens, Head of UWA’s School of Music, said it was pleasing to see UWA Music alumni and staff feature among the finalists of Australia’s prestigious music awards.
“We continue to punch well above our weight in national prominence at the cutting edge of serious music,” Dr Lourens said.
The concerto was performed by the WA Symphony Orchestra with fellow UWA graduate and School of Music lecturer Ashley Smith as soloist.
The same work was also nominated in the Performance of the Year category, with Mr Smith as the performer.
One of Australia’s leading composers, UWA graduate and Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Music, Iain Grandage was nominated in the Vocal Work of the Year category for his opera based on the Tim Winton novel, The Riders, performed by Victorian Opera.
And UWA graduate Carl Vine was nominated in two categories: Instrumental Work of the Year for the Piano Trio “The Village”, performed by the Sitkovetsky Trio; and his Concerto for Orchestra, as performed by WASO will compete against the Skipworth/Smith piece for Performance of the Year.
Art music covers contemporary classical music, contemporary jazz and improvised music as well as experimental music and sound art. The 2015 Art Music Awards will be held on Tuesday 11 August at Sydney’s City Recital Hall.
Dr Alan Lourens (UWA School of Music) (+61 8) 6488 1031
David Stacey (UWA Media and Public Relations Manager) (+61 8) 6488 3229 / (+61 4) 32 637 716