2016 Art Music Awards Winners Announced

Tuesday, 16 Aug 2016

Winners were announced across 11 national categories and eight state / territory categories for the 2016 Art Music Awards at a gala event at the Plaza Ballroom in Melbourne on Tuesday.

Staged jointly by APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre (AMC), the Art Music Awards is the only national event in Australia to acknowledge the extraordinary achievements and creative successes of Australian composers, performers and educators in the genres of contemporary art music, jazz and experimental music. This is the second time the Art Music Awards has been held in Melbourne. 

This year’s list of winners features a diverse group of Australia’s finest, established artists alongside future stars who excelled in their fields in 2015.

The winner of Orchestral Work of the Year is the epic and imaginative Earth Plays by composer Catherine Milliken. Paul Grabowsky and the Young Wägilak Group have received the award for Jazz Work of the Year for their collaboration of Nyilipidgi.

Kate Neal’s Semaphore, a complex work that combines theatrics, animation, music and dance, has been named the Instrumental Work of the Year. Performance of this same work, by the Semaphore band and dancers, has received this year’s Performance of the Year award.

Composer Andrew Schultz has received the award for Vocal / Choral Work of the Year for Le Molière Imaginaire, for eight voices. He shares the award with Timothy Knapman whose text was adapted from the final scene of Molière's Le Malade Imaginaire

The Award for Excellence by an Organisation has gone to Ensemble Offspring for their 2015 activities and sustained services to Australian music for 20 years, while the Award for Excellence by an Individual was awarded to internationally acclaimed percussionist, artistic director and arts champion Claire Edwardes for performance, advocacy and artistic leadership. 

Internationally recognised in the fields of experimental and contemporary classical music, Speak Percussion has taken out the Award for Excellence in Experimental Music for its 2015 program. The Award for Excellence in Jazz has gone to Australian Jazz Real Book for the Australian Jazz Real Book, which is dedicated to the preservation and distribution of Australian jazz in both digital and print formats.

In its 10th anniversary season, Moorambilla Voices has received the Award for Excellence in a Regional Area. The program continues to engage composers, performers and administrators in a broad range of quality performances throughout remote NSW. The Award for Excellence in Music Education was won by Artology for its Fanfare Competition. This outstanding program offered its young participants a unique opportunity that included composition, mentoring and terrific exposure.

The Award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music (as determined by the APRA Board of Writer and Publisher Directors) was presented to 80-year-old Helen Gifford OAM for her long and illustrious career.

A total of eight state and territory awards were presented recognising some of the finest performances, compositions and contributions to the art music community all over Australia in 2015. 

AMC CEO John Davis paid moving tribute to those members of our music community who passed away over the year. The Australian art music community mourns the passing of Helen Noonan (1948-2016), Roy David Page (1961-2016), Bryce Rohde (1923-2016), Roger Smalley (1943-2015), Catherine Sullivan (1982-2016), as well as our New Zealand colleague Jack Body (1944–2015).

The 2016 Art Music Awards were hosted by Jonathan Biggins, with musical performances curated by Gabriella Smart. Presenters at the event were Waleed Aly, Mairi Nicolson, Merlyn Quaife AM, Katie Noonan, Rupert Myer AO and Dr Joel Crotty. The event featured performers Derik Lynch, Deborah Kayser, Derek Pascoe, Barry Campbell, Lina Andonovska, Speak Percussion, Erik Griswold with the Australian Art Orchestra, Peter Knight, Mindy Wang, Sam Pankhurst, Vanessa Tomlinson, Rebecca Lloyd-Jones, Madi Chwasta, Matthew Horsley, Hamish Upton and Timothy Walsh.

APRA AMCOS CEO Brett Cottle shared with the Art Music Awards audience the welcome news that the recently established Art Music Fund will open for its second round of applications in November. Earlier this year, APRA AMCOS and the AMC launched the Art Music Fund to offer $100,000 in grants specifically to support art music composers to create new, commissioned work that will be performed extensively. In 2016 a diverse group of 12 established and emerging composers from around the country were awarded grants, with 45% of funding going to women composers. 


Applications for the 2017 Art Music Fund will open in November and close in February 2017, with details available on the APRA AMCOS website today.

APRA AMCOS and the AMC congratulate all the 2016 Art Music Awards winners on their outstanding achievements.


  

WINNERS 2016 ART MUSIC AWARDS

Distinguished Services to Australian Music

Helen Gifford OAM

 

Vocal / Choral Work of the Year 

Title:                            Le Molière Imaginaire, for eight voices

Composer:                  Andrew Schultz

Text:                            Timothy Knapman, after the final scene of Molière's 'Le Malade Imaginaire'

Performed by:             I Fagiolini

Jazz Work of the Year 

Title:                            Nyilipidgi

Composers:                Paul Grabowsky* and the Young Wägilak Group

Performed by:             Paul Grabowsky, the Young Wägilak Group and the Monash Art Ensemble

Publisher:                   J Albert & Son*

Instrumental Work of the Year

Title:                            Semaphore

Composer:                  Kate Neal

Performed by:            Semaphore band and dancers

  

Orchestral Work of the Year 

Title:                            Earth Plays

Composer:                  Catherine Milliken

Performed by:            Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Fiona Campbell (Soloist), Peter Rundel (Conductor)

Performance of the Year

Performer:                   Semaphore band and dancers

Title:                            Semaphore

Composer:                  Kate Neal

Award for Excellence by an Organisation

Ensemble Offspring for 2015 activities and sustained services to Australian music for 20 years

Award for Excellence by an Individual

Claire Edwardes for performance, advocacy and artistic leadership

Award for Excellence in Music Education 

Artology for the Fanfare Competition

Award for Excellence in a Regional Area

Moorambilla Voices for the Moorambilla Voices 2015 Tenth Anniversary Season

Award for Excellence in Experimental Music

Speak Percussion for 2015 Music Program

Award for Excellence in Jazz

Australian Jazz Real Book for the Australian Jazz Real Book

  

State Winners

 

AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY AWARD

Category: Instrumental Work of the Year

Recipient: Natalie Williams for Saudade

  

NEW SOUTH WALES STATE AWARD

Category: Performance of the Year

Recipient: Sydney Chamber Opera for Fly Away Peter

Composer: Elliott Gyger

  

NORTHERN TERRITORY STATE AWARD

Category: Orchestral Work of the Year

Recipient: Darwin Symphony Orchestra for Tracy

Composers: Ross Edwards, Iain Grandage, Kat McGuffie and Lachlan Skipworth

 

QUEENSLAND STATE AWARD

Category: Excellence in Jazz

Recipient: Berardi/Foran/Karlen for Hope in my Pocket

SOUTH AUSTRALIAN STATE AWARD

Category: Excellence by an Organisation

Recipient: Zephyr Quartet for sustained contribution for over 16 years

TASMANIAN STATE AWARD

Category: Instrumental Work of the Year

Recipient: Michael Kieran Harvey for Patañjali

VICTORIAN STATE AWARD

Category: Orchestral Work of the Year

Recipient: Elliott Gyger for From Joyous Leaves

WESTERN AUSTRALIA STATE AWARD

Category: Performance of the Year

Recipient: Louise Devenish for Electroacoustic Music For One Percussionist


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