Elliott Gyger is Senior Lecturer in Composition at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. He studied at Sydney University with Ross Edwards and Peter Sculthorpe, and at Harvard University with Bernard Rands and Mario Davidovsky. His music explores a purely musical sense of drama and narrative, and the multilayered interplay of music and text. His recent works include the celesta concerto Angels and Insects (2010); on air (2011), winner of the Sydney Symphony 80th Anniversary Composition Prize; giving voice (2012), which won the 2013 Paul Lowin Song Cycle Prize; and an hour-long solo piano work inspired by Dante, Inferno (2013), for Michael Kieran Harvey.
Elliott is also active as a conductor of new music. He was Artistic Director of the Contemporary Singers from 1987 to 1998, and Musical Director of Coruscations from 1993 to 1996. He has also worked with the Song Company, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Sydney Alpha Ensemble, AustraLYSIS, the Harvard Group for New Music and Six Degrees. He regularly leads reading sessions on student works with the University of Melbourne Orchestra, and is closely involved with the MCM New Music Studio, where he curated and conducted an Elliott Carter tribute concert in March this year.
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