I’m an Australian composer. Classically trained but experienced in the commercial and contemporary music industries, I like to blend all of these. My screen and corporate work includes short film scores, TV commercials, live arrangements, and music for corporate events. I’ve written a little for theatre as well. I’m equally at home synthestrating with samples or recording live musicians in the studio. Several playlists and podcasts use my music, whilst some songs have been included in TV soundtracks like ATV10 Melbourne’s Extreme Sport program. I’m a trumpet and keyboard player, writing and performing with originals funk band Speakeasy (just don’t get me to sing). Check out the Speakeasy sound:
My classical journey includes commissions from the Melbourne Symphony, participation in the Australian Composer’s Orchestral Forum with the Tasmanian Symphony, and commissions from many other artists and groups. Residencies have included the Sydney International Brass Festival and the Gravissimo! Festival in Portugal, where music of mine was also performed during the São João Festival. Prizes and awards include the Corbould Composition Prize with the Queensland Philharmonic, the Qantas Youth Award of the Paul Lowin Prize, the Harvey Phillips Award (USA) for brass composition, and commendations in the National Songwriting Contest and the Albert H. Maggs Award.
I’m lucky in that my music has been performed, broadcast and recorded in Australia and around the world. Some of my educational music is included in the HSC, VCE, and AMEB syllabi in Australia, and some works have also been test pieces for brass band competitions in Australia and New Zealand. I’m published in Australia, Europe and the USA. ‘Dr Andrew’ recently returned to school to complete a PhD in Composition, supervised by Professor Stuart Greenbaum at the University of Melbourne. I’m currently Program Leader for Academic Support at the Melbourne campus of the Australian Institute of Music.