Young WA composers reach orchestral heights

The West Australian Symphony Orchestra understands the importance of supporting and mentoring the next generation of young artists. Its Young & Emerging Artists Program nurtures aspiring performers through unique training opportunities.

Young WA composers reach orchestral heights

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WASO's Young & Emerging Artists Program, supported by the McCusker Charitable Foundation and James Galvin Foundation, nurtures aspiring performers through unique training opportunities, especially providing professional orchestral training to young musicians.

This includes learning experiences such as the International Artist Masterclass Program and Composition Project.

The WASO Composition Project helps young Western Australian composers develop their skills in a professional environment through a series of workshops and rehearsals over three months.

Participants compose a new work for a 15-piece WASO Chamber Orchestra which then premieres live in front of an audience. The project has paved the way for previous participants to receive commissions and residencies with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, as well as to pursue other Australian and international composition opportunities.

Participants in 2015Olivia Davies, Stephen de Filippo and Michael Grebla (University of Western Australia) and Josten Myburgh (Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts)—have been mentored throughout the program by Artistic Director James Ledger as well as an individual musician mentor, alongside WASO management and administration, providing the opportunity to work across the full orchestral environment.

In a first for WASO, Composition Project participants workshopped the first draft of their original work in an invitation-only event with award-winning British composer Mark-Anthony Turnage, who was in Perth for theWorld Premiere of his trumpet concerto Håkan.

Håkan was commissioned by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, KölnMusik – Kölner Philharmonie, London Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonie Luxembourg & Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg.

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