Richard Gill OAM announced the latest beneficiary of the prestigious residency and accompanying $20,000 grant.

Berlin-based Victorian composer, musician and installation artist Natasha Anderson was announced last night by conductor and music educationalist Richard Gill OAM as the 2016 beneficiary of the Peggy Glanville-Hicks residency. The announcement took place at a special ceremony, hosted by the New Music Network at the former home of Glanville-Hicks in Sydney’s Paddington. Every year a notable composer is offered the chance to live rent-free in the house of celebrated Australian composer Glanville-Hicks, who bequeathed it as a residence for composers after her death in 1990. In addition they are awarded a $20,000 grant to undertake a major creative project.

Anderson’s compositions, installations and sound-art have been presented throughout Europe, the USA and Australia. In 2016 she will also be one of the first composers commissioned by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s new Artist in Residence, Brett Dean, to contribute to the orchestra’s new contemporary programme which will be hosted at Carriageworks in Redfern.

The prestigious residency is administered by the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composers’ Trust in partnership with the Australian Council for the Arts. Australia Council Director of Music Paul Mason said Anderson was the outstanding candidate among a strong field of applicants. “Natasha’s acceptance of the residency marks her return to Australia after being based overseas for several years,” Mason added. “We’re very pleased to be able to offer her this creative development opportunity.”

Anderson said she was “excited, incredulous, grateful and relieved,” to be selected as the latest beneficiary of the residency. “The sheer foresight and generosity of Peggy Glanville-Hicks in willing her house in this way helps incalculably,” she said. “Being resident in Sydney gives me the time and space to work on larger projects with specific Sydney and Australian musicians and allow these projects the chance to develop in a way that would be impossible if I were not resident there.”

Among the works Anderson shall develop during her residency is a new multi-channel sound installation commissioned by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, a film/multimedia collaboration with filmmaker Sabina Maselli, and a new solo bass clarinet and electronics piece for Aviva Endean, the recent winner of the 2015 Freedman Classical Fellowship.

Anderson joins an impressive list of previous Peggy Glanville-Hicks residents including Liza Lim, Julian Yu, Mary Finsterer, Andrew Ford, Julian Day, Matthew Hindson and Elena Kats-Chernin.