Hello, I'm Evan and I like cool and weird sounds.

Image by Meghan Scerri

Image by Meghan Scerri

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. 

 

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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


Conducting the premiere of  Interlude in a dream  with Rosemary Ball, Soprano and Forest Collective, April 2013

Conducting the premiere of Interlude in a dream with Rosemary Ball, Soprano and Forest Collective, April 2013

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

SoundSCAPE New Music Festival

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


Residencies

Artist in residence at Billilla Mansion 2015-16

Composer in residence for the Camp Street Harp Camp Ballarat 2012


Awards, grants & prizes

Grants from Friends of the VCA Society, City of Yarra, Creative Victoria, City of Boroondara, Ian Potter Cultural Trust and Bayside City Council

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


Private Lesson

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


Mentored

David Chisholm as a developing artist with Malthouse Theatre as apart of their Besen Family Artist Program 2014 

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