The Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) has boldly launched one of the biggest music commissioning projects the country has ever seen – The ANAM Set – and I recently had the incredible honour of being selected for this program!
ANAM is a classical music academy currently training 67 of Australia's most exceptional young performers. The ANAM Set has selected 67 Australian composers and paired them with each of ANAM's musicians to collaborate on the creation an original work, accumulating to over 6.5 hours of new Australian music.
The list of composers demonstrates a remarkable diversity of backgrounds, genres and career paths – from Australia’s most revered figures such as Liza Lim, Brett Dean, Ross Edwards and Elena Kats-Chernin, to emerging composers at the start of their artistic careers, such as myself. I'm so humbled to be a part of such a significant project in Australian music history, and to have my name alongside many of my musical inspirations.
I'm so pleased to be paired with Lynda Latu, a violinist originally from Adelaide who recently moved to Melbourne to study at ANAM. Together we'll be creating a six-minute work for violin and piano, which Lynda will premiere on October 22nd this year at the Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne.
The piece has already started to take shape, combining Lynda's love for baroque music with my own passion for rhythmically exciting neo-classical music. I'm really looking forward to working more with Lynda, as opportunities like this can spark career-long professional relationships.
Learn more about The ANAM Set here, and stay tuned for the premiere and live recording later this year.