Two young Queenslanders have won the Australian New Works Award that coincides with this year’s Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. Connor D’Netto was awarded $15,000 for his String Quartet No. 2, and Michael Bakrnčev receives $10,000 for his Piano Trio No. 2 Janino. The Australian New Works Award is a joint initiative of Monash University and Chamber Music Australia, and these two winning works will be performed by all 16 ensembles participating in this year’s Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition.
Connor D’Netto describes his new string quartet as a “measured and numerical, relating the shape and structure of the form, as well as tempo changes, to a predetermined ratio”, while Bakrnčev says his piano trio is “an exploration of motivic themes, formed by fragments of a Macedonian folk melody called Janino Oro”.
MICMC takes place only once every four years and is presented by Chamber Music Australia. It runs this year at the Melbourne Recital Centre on 11-19 July.
Meanwhile, a new biennial $30,000 fellowship honouring Peter Sculthorpe has been announced by ArtsNSW. Hosted by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Peter Sculthorpe Music Fellowship aims to support “an emerging NSW-based composer or performer dedicated to producing new Australian music”. Applications close on 9 July.