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Gordon Kerry - composer

Gordon Kerry - composer

Gordon Kerry lives on a hill in Victoria. His catalogue includes operas, symphonic and vocal works, and a body of chamber music composed for ensembles in Australia and abroad. He was Musica Viva Australia’s Featured Composer in 2012, his first string quintet was that year’s AMC APRA Instrumental Work of the Year. Recent pieces include the opera Snow White and Other Grimm Tales (with John Kinsella), a violin concerto and chamber works for Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Syzygy, Plexus, Huntington Estate Festival, the Australia Ensemble and Ensemble Liaison with the Young Voices of Melbourne. Current projects include two new chamber works and a fourth opera.

In 2009 he was awarded the Ian Potter Foundation’s Established Composer Fellowship, which supported new works for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Sydney Chamber Choir, and the opera Midnight Son with Louis Nowra for Victorian Opera. He studied in Melbourne with Barry Conyngham.

Gordon Kerry's String Quintet no 2 will be world premiered at the Margaret River Weekend of Music (21-23 April) and the Dunkeld Festival of Music (28-30 April, 30 April - 2 May).