Prelude Composer Residencies

2018 Winners Announced

Prelude 2018 Winners Announced

Managed by Bundanon Trust, home of Australia’s largest artist-in-residence program, the Prelude Composers Residences are something special; a collaboration that creates the opportunity for Australian composers to focus on creating new works while ensconced in a beautiful heritage listed home. The time and space to create new works that Prelude provides these three talented composers with through the provision of accommodation and financial support is invaluable.

Composers produce the raw material of Australian music. They are essential. Without them, we are reliant on outside voices, songs and stories.
- Shane Simpson AM, Bundanon Trust Chairman

Shane Simpson AM, Chairman of Bundanon Trust said when he announced the winners, “Composers produce the raw material of Australian music. They are essential. Without them, we are reliant on outside voices, songs and stories. Yet very few can make a living from composing alone. And then there are historic houses around the country whose preservation is essential for keeping us in touch with our heritage, and which are seeking a new and vibrant role in the community.

Prelude was created to bring these two together: to support the contemporary and bring new life to the historic.

Prelude is the only program in Australia to provide long-term residencies to support and nurture composers and composition.”

We’re thrilled to share the news that Rafael Karlen, Gabriella Smart and Kate Moore are the three winners of the Prelude Residency program in 2018.

Rafael Karlen – Peggy Glanville-Hicks House, Sydney

Rafael Karlen is a composer, arranger, saxophonist and conductor based in Brisbane, Australia. He is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and from the University of York in England after receiving the Lord Mayor's Fellowship for Young and Emerging Artists.

Rafael composes, performs and arranges music for a variety of ensemble across a broad range of styles and is currently releasing his fifth album featuring his original music. Rafael’s music has been performed by small jazz groups, rock and pop ensembles, big bands through to chamber orchestras and string quartets. He has performed throughout Australia, and in Canada, England, Scotland and Sweden.

Rafael has received many awards and accolades and in 2015 he was awarded a prestigious Winston Churchill Fellowship to travel to USA, England, Denmark, Norway, Germany and Holland to visit many of the world’s leading contemporary composers/arrangers, performers and ensembles.

Gabriella Smart – Beaumont Cottage, Adelaide

Gabriella Smart is a leading advocate of new music in Australia. She has over thirty years’ experience as pianist, improviser, curator, creator, collaborator, initiator, commissioner and producer. Gabriella is artistic director of the new music organisation Soundstream, established in 1993. She has been recognised as a cultural leader through various awards (including a Helpmann Award, Churchill Fellowship, SA Creative Fellowship and APRA/AMCOS Award for Excellence) and has successfully conceived and realised dozens of original projects, collaborating closely with musicians, dancers, film-makers and video artists and in theatre and opera.

Gabriella has improvised with such luminaries as Lisa Gerrard, Brian Ritchie, Alvin Curran, Cat Hope, Johannes S Sistermanns and Derek Pascoe. In Australia, she has curated projects and performed in the Melbourne International Festival, Ten Days on the Island Festival, MONA MOFO, TURA, Adelaide International Festival, OzAsia Festival, Festival of Architecture and Design (Adelaide) and Melbourne Recital Centre. Gabriella established the Soundstream:Adelaide New Music Festival (2008-2012), premiering numerous works by Australian and international composers. She has performed extensively in China, and in Europe.

Kate Moore – Gallop House, Perth

Kate Moore is an Australian musician and composer of new music. Having obtained a masters degree from The Royal Conservatory of The Hague she has been based in the Netherlands since 2002. In 2017 she was the recipient of the Matthijs Vermeulen Prize, the most prestigious Dutch prize for composers, for her work The Dam commissioned for The Canberra International Festival. Her major work Sacred Environment was premiered by The Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and choir with soloists Alex Oomens and Lies Beijerinck, taking place at The Holland Festival Proms in The Concertgebouw.

Kate was recently awarded an APRA AMCOS music fund commission for the creation of a song cycle based on the history and environment of Wollombi Valley in NSW. Her works have been released on major labels including the Grammy and Eddison nominated album Dances and Canons, ECM’s New Series and Cantaloupe’s Stories for Ocean Shells. Active on the international scene, Moore has had works performed by acclaimed ensembles including ASKO|Schönberg, the Bang On A Can All-Stars and Icebreaker.

Her works have been performed in venues including The Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall and The Sydney Opera House and at major festivals including The Holland Festival, ISCM World Music Days and MATA. She holds a doctorate from The University of Sydney (Conservatorium of Music).

Prelude is made possible by a unique collaboration between Bundanon Trust, Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composers Trust, The National Trust of Western Australia, the National Trust of South Australia, The National Trusts of Australia, APRA, the Helpmann Academy, Arts SA and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts.

Find out more about the Bundanon Trust artist-in-residence program