Brenton Broadstock

(Australie - Australia)

Brenton Broadstock was born in Melbourne in 1952. He began his studies in History and Music at Monash University and it was not until he was twenty-six years old that he began to study music and composition seriously.

In 1979 he went to the USA where he studied composition and theory with Donald Freund at Memphis State University. He returned to Australia in 1981 and continued his studies with Peter Sculthorpe at the University of Sydney.

He has won several prizes for composition including the Johannes Smit Prize and the Maggs Award. In 1981 he won first prize at the Townsville Pacific Festival Composers Competition with Festive Overture. In 1984 he received a Young Composer Fellowship and a Patenring Scholarship to attend the Summer School of new Music in Darmstadt, Germany. In 1987 he received two major awards - an APRA Music Award for his orchestral work, The Mountain and First Prize in the Hambacher Preis International Composers' Competition Germany for his Tuba Concerto.

Major performances have been by the Melbourne Sydney, Queensland and West Australian Symphony Orchestras, the Petra String Quartet, Canadian soprano Brenda Hubbard, English Trombonist Barrie Webb, the Australian Chamber Soloists, The Seymour Group and London Based Ensemble Australis. His works have been performed in New Zealand, Canada, USA, UK, China and Germany.

Recent compositions have included a chamber work commissioned by the Seymour Group; a string quartet commissioned by Musica Viva; In the Silence Night, a piano piece for Peter Sculthorpe's 60th birthday, and a piano concerto commissioned by the ABC for the 1987 Musica Nova Festival.

Brenton Broadstock became the Melbourne Symphony's composer-in-residence in 1988 and the Orchestra premiered his first symphony Toward the Shining Light in May of that year. His third symphony Voices of the Fire was commissioned by the ABC in 1992 to mark it's 60th anniversary.

Recent performances of his works have been given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Orchestra and the Australian Youth Orchestra on their recent tour of Europe and Japan..

Brenton Broadstock was awarded his doctorate in 1990 and is currently Senior Lecturer in Composition at the University of Melbourne. In 1994, he was awarded the prestigious Paul Lowin Song Cycle Award.

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