Over the coming months Lisa Cheney (VIC), Daniel Riley (VIC), Jordan Moore (WA) and Austin Buckett (NSW) will each be mentored by an established Australian composer while they create a 10-minute work for orchestra. The MSO will perform the new works in a showcase on Tuesday 5 February 2019 after which, one of the four participants will be selected as the MSO’s Cybec Young Composer in Residence for 2020.
The Cybec Foundation, through its founder Roger Riordan, has supported the MSO’s 21st Century Australian Composers’ Program since 2003. In that time, more than fifty aspiring composers from across Australia have had works commissioned and performed by the MSO. The Orchestra has also offered several subsequent commissions to graduates of the program.
“The MSO is very grateful to Roger Riordan and the Cybec Foundation for helping us to provide this pathway for young composers,” said Sophie Galaise, Managing Director of the MSO.
“Through the mentoring that accompanies selection, the Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers’ Program offers an important development opportunity for emerging local composers. This is in keeping with the MSO’s commitment to the future of our artform and we look forward to hearing the new works of these participants,” said Ms Galaise.
The current Cybec Young Composer in Residence is Ade Vincent. In 2019, Mark Holdsworth will take the position.
The Cybec Foundation also supports MSO’s Assistant Conductor, a two-year position currently held by Tianyi Lu.