Hello, I'm Evan and I like cool and weird sounds.
My practice encompasses an "art music" composition focus alongside a practical, performance based conducting and curation practice.
My music is idiomatic and approachable for the performer while still pushing the possibilities and potential of the musical material.
I attempt to present a flow and transfer of energy and emotion in my music, a focus that has been present since my university studies. To achieve this I focus on contrasting movement between static and hyperactive textures.
My works are written primarily for voice, solo line instruments or works for large forces. I have focused on more traditional forms, such as the symphony, concerto or opera, but always in an attempt to modify them to my own contemporary view.
I am strongly influenced by ancient music practice and the music of the pre-baroque. I’m especially interested in the musical, theatrical and sociological traditions of ancient Greece.
I like to experiment with unusual ensemble makeup, regularly composing in a "concerto-grosso” style, pitting soloists against larger forces.
I regularly play with unorthodox staging, theatrical requirements and spatial positioning of sound sources.
Most works are written for specific performers and a lot of my work comes from a desire to collaborate with good friends and remarkable artists, giving them intriguing new musical ideas to explore and communicate to audiences.
I also pride myself on being a member of the LGBTQIA+ community. I pride myself on being an openly gay man, dedicated to a deeper diversity in classical music in Australia. This takes form in my personal marketing and artistic statements making it clear that I come from these communities, and writing work that is strongly informed by my sexuality and experience of contemporary life.
Formal Study & developing artist programs
Grafenegg Festival Ink Still Wet 2015
Malthouse Theatre Besen Family Artist Program 2014
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Cybec Program for Melbourne Symphony Orchestra 2010-11
Bachelor of Music Performance (Hons.) Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne Univeristy 2007 - 2010
selection of Commissions
Prismatx Ensemble & Forest Collective, supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, the Ian Potter Cultural Fund & the City of Yarra
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, supported by the Cybec Foundation
Crystal Chu, University of Oregon
Allotropy! Popup String Quartet, supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria
Edges Duo, University of Oregon
Judy and Peter Johnson for Petrichor
Victorian Youth Symphony Orchestra various
Australian Children’s Choir, through the Melbourne Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation
Forest Collective various
Exaudi Youth Choir
Artist in residence at Billilla Mansion 2015-16
Composer in residence for the Camp Street Harp Camp Ballarat 2012
Awards, grants & prizes
Winner of the Grafenegg Festival Award 2015
Finalist in the Young Composers Award Syzygy Ensemble 2011
Winner of the Wagner Society of Victoria Composition Prize 2009
Finalist in the Chamber String of Melbourne composers award 2007
Liza Lim 2017
Johanna Selleck 2009 - 2015
Mathias Pintscher Ink Still Wet Program, Grafenegg Festival, Austria 2015
Marcela Pavia SoundSCAPE New Music Festival, Italy 2015
Tony Arnold SoundSCAPE New Music Festival, Italy July 2015
Richard Mills 2012
Andrew Ford 2008
Kevin March VCA 2008
Mark Pollard VCA 2007
Anthony Lyons VCA 2007
Richard Gill 2004
Iain Grandage as a developing artist with Malthouse Theatre as apart of their Besen Family Artist Program 2014
Julian Yu as a developing artist in the Cybec Program for Melbourne Symphony Orchestra 2010-11