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Australia’s most prestigious awards for new music, The APRA AMCOS Art Music Awards, which annually celebrates the greatest achievements of Australian composers and performances has announced a varied and exciting roster of performers and presenters for this year’s final taking place on the August 26 at the Plaza Ballroom in Melbourne. This year the awards coincide with the 40th Anniversary of the Australian Music Centre, whose work supporting musicians and composers across Australia in multiple genres has played a central role in the development and success of many of the finalists nominated. Nominees include Matthew Hindson, Brett Dean, James Ledger, Andrew Ford and Mary Finsterer, who leads the tally of nominations with three award nods.
Recorder virtuosos and long-time advocate of Australian new music, Genevieve Lacey, has once again been engaged to curate the evening, and she has delivered an eclectic selection of artists, featuring innovative collaborations between some of this year’s finalists and acclaimed ensembles.
The Australian National Academy of Music Orchestra will join awards finalists Nigel Westlake & Lior Attar (Work of the Year: Orchestral) to showcase a piece from their award-nominated collaboration, Compassion; renowned Australian guitarist Neil Kelly will perform with long-time collaborator Michael Hewes in an experimental fusion of electronics and prepared player-piano; jazz pianist Paul Grabowsky and singer Gian Slater will perform new work specially created for the evening and the ever popular Speak Percussion will also be appearing, as they perform a new work by London-based Australian composer Matthew Shlomowitz.
The awards ceremony will also take time to remember one of Australia’s most treasured and influential composers, Peter Sculthorpe, whose death last week has seen a string of tribute performances planned across the country. For the Art Music Awards, Pianist Tamara-Anna Cislowska will perform works by Sculthrope as a fitting memorial for a composer who was honoured by APRA in 2012 with a Distinguished Service to Australian Music Award.
In addition to the program of performances there is also an impressive list of guest presenters including Award-winning author and poet Alison Croggon, singer-songwriter Katie Noonan and The Honourable Heidi Victoria, the Victorian Minister for the Arts.
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Full details of this years nominated artists can be found on our round-up of finalists.