2019 Layton Emerging Composer Fellowship Winner

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Harry Sdraulig

The final adjudication for the 2019 Layton Emerging Composer Fellowship took place on Friday, 12 April 2019. We are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2019 Layton Emerging Composer Fellowship is Harry Sdraulig, a young Sydney-based composer.

About The Fellowship:

The Fellowship application required applicants to submit a portfolio of scores of at least three pieces of music composed by the applicant, two of which must be purely instrumental (ie, no voices), one of which must be for chamber ensemble (up to 6 players), and one of which must be from the last three years; and 3 Submit audio material supporting the portfolio of submitted music scores, by links or in hard copy. Material may be recordings or MIDI representations of the works.

Sdraulig submitted three compositions, entitled: Octet for Strings; Speak, for flute/piccolo, clarinet, violin, cello and piano; and Joybox, for piano trio.

The adjudication was unanimous, with Sdraulig's work demonstrating excellent craft, sophisticated compositional techniques, and a clear understanding of chamber ensembles.

Under the  terms of the Fellowship, Harry will compose two works for the Australia Ensemble over 12 months, one for small ensemble and one for large ensemble. He will work with a mentor from the Composition staff of the UNSW School of the Arts and Media, as well as with members of the Australia Ensemble. There will be opportunity to hear some of Harry’s work later in the year.

About Harry Sdraulig:

Harry Sdraulig was born in Melbourne in 1992, and has studied at the University of Melbourne and University of Sydney. He currently teaches composition at Abbotsleigh as Composer In Residence, and is undertaking his Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Sydney under the supervision of Paul Stanhope. Harry's works are frequently performed and broadcast across Australia, and have also been heard in Europe, the UK, and the US. He has been commissioned by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Q, PLEXUS, Macedon Music, Musica Viva Australia, the Zelman Symphony Orchestra, and Ensemble Three, along with numerous solo and individual commissions. He has also received several awards including the Australian Postgraduate Award, Glen Johnston Composition Award (Audience Prize), Adolph Spivakovsky Award, and the Frank Albert Prize for Music. Harry's music is published by Wirripang Pty Ltd., QPress, and the Australian Music Centre for which he is a represented artist. You can find out more about Harry and his compositions here.


Congratulations to Harry!