Art Music Awards – WA winners
Winners have been announced across 11 national and seven state categories at this year’s Art Music Awards held in Melbourne at the Plaza Ballroom on Tuesday 26 August, and a bunch of experimental and forward-thinking WA musicians have been awarded.
Hosted by APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre, the Art Music Awards celebrate the achievement and creative success of composers, performers and educators in the genres of contemporary art music, jazz and experimental music. This year’s diverse list of winners features some WA artists and organisations, including:
James Ledger (pictured) received the Work of the Year: Orchestral Award for his violin concerto Golden Years, commissioned by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. Golden Years won the judges over with its inventive structure, instrumental colours and Ledger’s impressive writing for orchestra as well as solo violin.
The recipient of the Award for Excellence in Experimental Music was Perth composer Cat Hope, curator of the Drawn From Sound exhibition, showcasing Australian contemporary graphic notation practice as objects, videos, photographs, drawings, paintings, interactive programs and machines.
The West Australian State Award has gone to Tura New Music for their outstanding 2013 program in the category of Excellence by an Organisation.