Composer Dr Paul Stanhope (b1969) has had prominent performances of his works in the UK, Europe, Taiwan and Japan as well as North and South America. After studies with Peter Sculthorpe, Paul was awarded the Charles Mackerras Scholarship which enabled him to study for a time at the Guildhall School of Music in London in 2000.
In May 2004 Paul was awarded first place in the prestigious Toru Takemitsu Composition Prize. In 2011 he was awarded two APRA/Australian Music Centre Awards for Instrumental Work of the Year and Vocal/Choral Piece of the Year and in 2012 was again a finalist for Instrumental Work of the Year. Paul is a recent recipient of the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship for 2013-2014 – the first Australian composer to be granted this honour.
“It is Paul’s thematic choices which so often elevate his musical choices: the result is a deeply personal response to the world which he communicates profoundly.” Sidney Myer Fund
In 2010 Paul was Musica Viva’s featured composer: his String Quartet no. 2 received nation-wide performances by the Pavel Haas Quartet, and his Agnus Dei - After the Fire by the stellar duo Alina Ibragimova (violin) and Cédric Tiberghien (piano). Other choral and chamber works have featured in national tours by the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge and the Atos Piano Trio from Berlin. Paul’s music has also been presented at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, in the City of London Festival and most recently by the National Colombian Symphony Orchestra in Bogota.
Recent works include a Piccolo Concerto (2013), commissioned by the Melbourne, Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, Qinoth (2011) written for the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Exile Lamentations (2007-2011) a cantata written for soloists, choir and the virtuosic talents of oud master Joseph Tawadros. Forthcoming works include a large choral-orchestral cantata about the life of Western Australian indigenous hero Jandamarra, which is being created in collaboration with the Bunuba community from the Kimberley in Western Australia and librettist Steve Hawke.
Paul Stanhope took up an appointment as Musical Director of Sydney Chamber Choir in 2006, and has taken the Choir on an exciting journey of music making. Paul has initiated a series of exciting artistic collaborations with guest musicians including Match Percussion, harpist Marshall McGuire, University of Newcastle Chamber Choir and guitar virtuoso Slava Grigoryan.
In addition to his work with the Sydney Chamber Choir, Paul has been invited to guest conduct Cantillation, the Sydney Children’s Choir, Gondwana Voices, Kammer Ensemble, Australia Ensemble @UNSW, and Sonic Art Ensemble, and in 2005 collaborated both as composer and conductor with the Danish National Girls Choir.
Paul is a Senior Lecturer at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney.