WASO and Smith take out Performance of the Year award

The 2015 Art Music Awards announced last week—and soloist Ashley William Smith and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, with conductor Baldur Brönnimann, took out the Performance of the Year award for their exceptional performance of Lachlan Skipworth's Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra.

WASO and Smith take out Performance of the Year award

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The work had its world premiere in October last year at WASO’s Latitude New Music Festival.

In a review of the concert, Clarinettist Ashley Smith was described as ‘a wonderfully extrovert and warm performer, conjuring fragile whispers of tone as readily as gaudy shrieks and glissandi. The cadenza sparkled with high spirits, a match for his dazzling silver trousers.’ (The Australian, 3 October 2014).

Brett Dean, who was recently announced as inaugural Artist in Residence with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, won the Orchestra Work of the Year, for his trumpet concertoDramatis Personae, written for Swedish trumpet virtuoso Håkan Hardenberger.

The awards, hosted by APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre, recognise the achievements of artists and organisations presenting and creating new works of Australian music. In total 11 national and six state category winners were announced across the genres of contemporary art music, jazz and experimental music.

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