New Music Studio to launch at MCM

11 May 2012

Composers and performers of new music will receive additional support and inspiration, with the opening of a New Music Studio within the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (MCM) at the University of Melbourne.

Australia’s leading international new music ensemble, ELISION, will hold a special performance on 16 May 2012, at the University’s Melba Hall, to help launch the new Studio.

The New Music Studio will host residencies by national and international composers, soloists and ensembles, and provide a link with active alumni and professional new music organisations, said the MCM Director, Professor Gary McPherson.

“This is an important step for the MCM in its central role of teaching and promoting new music in Melbourne.  The launch will be followed by events, masterclasses and performances designed to teach and inspire our students.

“ELISION provides an example of the power of this school – at its best – to cultivate levels of inquisitiveness, experimentation and excellence which can significantly impact on the music of our time,” Professor McPherson said.

ELISION was formed in 1986 by a group of Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) graduates, with a reputation for delivering authoritative interpretations of unusual and often challenging pieces in close collaboration with the original composer.

The Convenor of the New Music Studio, Peter Neville, is a senior lecturer in percussion at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.  While he works across the range of musical styles, Peter has a particular commitment to new music.  As the percussionist for the ELISION ensemble for more than 23 years he has been involved with practically all their concerts, compact discs and international tours.

What: ELISION in Concert to celebrate launch of New Music Studio, at MCM
When: 7.30pm, Wednesday 16 May 2012:
Melba Hall, The University of Melbourne, Gate 12, Royal Parade, Parkville

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