Alex Chilvers is an Australian composer based in Sydney. He is currently completing his PhD under the supervision of Michael Smetanin at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where he also teaches. Chilvers' music and his research explore the relationship between centuries-old musical traditions and contemporary approaches to composition – particularly in Poland, where he recently traveled to study with the composer Aleksander Lasoń.
Prior to studying music composition, Chilvers gained an undergraduate degree in information technology, and his inclination towards algorithmic problem-solving continues to feed his creativity. His works have been performed by a number of emerging and established ensembles, including Adelaide's Soundstream Collective, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and the Polish New Music Orchestra (Orkiestra Muzyki Nowej).
Upcoming performancesTo be advised...
- 18 April 2017: Drowning Trio (for flute, clarinet and violin), Phoenix Ensemble, Lviv Philharmonic (Ukraine)
- 21 August 2016: Bells & Crosses (for tuba and percussion), Sideband, SCM Light-wells
- 17 August 2016: Carvings (for two saxophones and percussion), Translucent Duo (with Michael Duke), SCM
- 7 April 2016: o Śląsku (for chamber orchestra), Orkiestra Muzyki Nowej, AM Katowice (Poland)
Excerpts from Shots Heard Over The Strait (2013; symphony orchestra):
Excerpts from Trio I (2014; bass clarinet, violin, piano):
Excerpts from Chamber Music for Tereska (2014; chamber orchestra):
Excerpts from o Śląsku (2015; chamber orchestra):
Excerpts from Carvings (2015; alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, percussion):
Excerpts from Drowning Trio (2016; flute, clarinet, violin):
Primarily concerned with the role of folk music in contemporary composition — and with a strong focus on Polish composers from Frédéric Chopin through to Aleksander Lasoń — below is a list of recently-presented research.
Recent conference/seminar papers
- July 2017: "The Function of Folklore in the Music of Karol Szymanowski: Nationalism, Exoticism or Modernism?" (conference paper), International Conference on Music and Sounds (Warsaw, Poland)
- May 2016: "No Politics, Please: Aestheticising Folklore in Modern Polish Music", SCM MCS Graduate Symposium [Read abstract]
- October 2015: "'Memory Turns Muse': Composing for the Future with Respect for the Past", MSA Annual Conference
- April 2015: "The Pleasing Ambiguity of Musical Quotations and the Role of 'Nostalgia'", International Students' Scientific Conference "The Sound Ambiguity" (Wrocław, Poland)
- March 2015: "Musical Visions of Utopia: The Role of Polish Folklore in Contemporary Music Composition", His Master's Voice Annual Symposium (Kraków, Poland) [Read excerpt]
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