Fine Music 102.5 and Willoughby City Council are pleased to announce the winner of the 2018 Young Composer of the Year award is Daniel Dean, for his work Quadrivial Concertino for Oboe and String Orchestra. He is the first active member of the Willoughby Symphony to win the award, and will be part of the orchestra when the work is premiered at their REMEMBRANCE concert.
A bassist for many years, Daniel has performed with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the Darwin Symphony Orchestra, the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra since 2009, where he is currently Principal Bass.
Daniel has completed a Bachelor of Performance on Double Bass at the Sydney Conservatorium, as well as studies in Vienna and countless Australian Youth Orchestra programs. He is a self-taught composer, with Quadrivial Concertino being his second composition.
“Quadrivial Concertino is structured like a miniature 4 movement concerto for Oboe,” Daniel said. “Borrowing heavily from late romantic and 20th Century Russian influences, as well as pinches of jazz, it’s mostly a collection of styles I enjoy most, and I think the orchestra and audience will both have a good time with it – it already has the tick of approval from the Oboist so that hurdle is thankfully crossed!” he said.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to be this year’s winner and very happy that I have something real and constructive to show for the years I’ve spent obsessively poking through scores,” he added.
The world premiere of Quadrivial Concertino will be performed by the Willoughby Symphony on 16 and 17 June as part of the REMEMBRANCE concert at The Concourse, Chatswood. This year’s runner-up, Harry Sdraulig, will receive the APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) Encouragement Award, a cash prize of $500.
“The Young Composer Award is one of the most exciting ventures among our extensive programs for young musicians in Australia,” Willoughby Symphony Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, Dr Nicholas Milton AM, said. “The composers have the opportunity discuss their score with the conductors and interact with the musicians who will perform their music. The experience is unique for all who participate,” he said.
Fine Music 102.5 gratefully acknowledges APRA|AMCOS for its support of this competition allowing opportunities for emerging composers entering the Australian music community.
7pm, Saturday 16 June and 2pm, Sunday 17 June
The Concourse Concert Hall, 409 Victoria Ave, Chatswood
Bookings: 8075 8111 or visit theconcourse.com.au