Featured Composer: Harry Sdraulig
Harry's music draws upon the foundation of the western classical music tradition in new and inventive ways. Characterised by a tonal but richly chromatic harmonic language, his individual style is highly melodic and makes frequent use of fluid contrapuntal textures and colours. His music is intended to appeal to the experience and sensibilities of musicians and audiences alike, and to stand on its own accord without the need for academic explanation or justification.
Harry has been the recipient of a number of awards including the Australian Postgraduate Award (2015-16), the Adolph Spivakovsky Award for Composition (2013), the Frank Albert Prize for Music (2011), and the VCE Premier's Award for Music Style and Composition (2009). He recently completed a commission for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as part of the 2014 Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers Program, and has participated in the AYO National Music Camp Composition Program (2014) and the 3MBS Student Composer Project (2009). Harry has been commissioned by Plexus, the Syzygy Ensemble through Macedon Music, violinist Ole Bohn, Mads Sørensen (trumpet), Andrew Frampton (piano), Kim Falconer (flute), Leighton Triplow (tenor) and Alden Cai (horn). His Fanfare for 8 Trumpets was recently premiered at the 2015 Melbourne International Trumpet Festival and his brass ensemble work Spells was recorded and toured internationally by the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music Brass Ensemble in July 2014. In 2015, Harry's Elegy 'In Memoriam Peter Sculthorpe' was premiered by the University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at Hamer Hall, while his Sinfonietta was given two performances by the Zelman Symphony Orchestra. In May 2016, trombonist Don Immel premiered Harry's Trombone Concerto with the University of Melbourne Wind Symphony at the Melbourne Recital Centre.