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Meet Ng Sze Min, Bachelor of Music (Interactive Composition) graduate from the Melbourne Conservatorium
After completing a three-year diploma in music composition at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore, Ng Sze Min moved to Melbourne to study Interactive Composition. She discusses daily life at the Conservatorium, personal highlights from her studies, and her hopes for the future.
Sally Smart: “First Commissions takes our artists to the world”
Ahead of the First Commissions exhibition in Melbourne on 27 and 28 July, multidisciplinary artist – and Vice-Chancellors Professorial Fellow of the University of Melbourne – Sally Smart tells Mireille Stahle about the “commission” that launched her career, and how Australian artists are turning their gaze to the rest of the world.
Elijah Wald: how the guitar shaped – and didn’t shape – the world
Elijah Wald is a musician, writer and historian who has been playing guitar for more than 50 years. Ahead of his keynote address at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music’s academic conferenceThe Guitar Century (c. 1880-1980): Global Trends and Local Contexts – part of the Guitar Perspectives Winter Celebration (2–4 August 2019) – he talks to Head of Guitar Dr Ken Murray.By Dr Ken Murray
Southbank Campus to open for Open House Melbourne
Open House Melbourne visitors can be among the first to see the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music’s new world-class spaces at Southbank on 27 and 28 July, as part of a broader Open House Melbourne program at the University of Melbourne.
The origins of musical expertise: beyond born versus made
The International Symposium on Performance Science (ISPS) is a biennial meeting of performers and scientists that provides a platform to discuss all facets of performance and the skills that underpin it. Ahead of his keynote address at this year’s symposium in Melbourne, Michigan State University Professor Zach Hambrick argues for a move beyond “born or made” in musical ability. By Zach Hambrick
Bill Henson: ‘There is no formula for how creativity unfolds’
Bill Henson is one of Australia’s best-known contemporary photographers – but it was not always thus. As the First Commissions art project launches ahead of an exhibition in Melbourne on 27 and 28 July, he tells Mireille Stahle about his early years as an artist.
Brazilian guitarist Yamandu Costa in six videos
His talents and virtuosity are recognised and celebrated worldwide. Ahead of Brazilian guitarist Yamandu Costa’s performance at the Melbourne Conservatorium next month, Head of Guitar Dr Ken Murray takes us on a whistle-stop tour of Costa’s work.By Dr Ken Murray
First Commissions art project launches in Florence
A major Australian arts project presented by the University of Melbourne has been launched at the feet of Michelangelo’s David, the world’s most famous statement on physical perfection, ahead of exhibitions in Florence and Melbourne this month.
The International Symposium on Performance Science, Melbourne – what you need to know
The International Symposium on Performance Science (ISPS) is a biennial meeting of performers and scientists that provides a platform to discuss all facets of performance and the skills that underpin it. Ahead of this year’s symposium – convened by Melbourne Conservatorium Director Professor Gary McPherson, the Conservatorium’s Dr Solange Glasser and the Royal College of London’s Professor Aaron Williamon – we talk to Professor McPherson about what we can expect.
Deborah Cheetham AO wins the Sir Bernard Heinze Award
Acclaimed Yorta Yorta soprano, composer and Artistic Director of Short Black Opera, Deborah Cheetham AO, has been awarded the 2019 Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award.
Photo gallery: Ian Potter Southbank Centre launch
More than 250 student and staff musicians helped bring The Ian Potter Southbank Centre to life for the official launch on 1 June 2019, with a program featuring orchestral works, world-premieres and specially-commissioned pieces.
Australian Chamber Orchestra partners with University of Melbourne
Students and staff at the University of Melbourne will have unparalleled access to education and research opportunities with a $1 million partnership with the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO).
Alumni stories: Eugene Ughetti
The percussionist, composer, conductor and artistic director of Speak Percussion is known for tackling complex and ambitious art music projects. Here, he discusses his time at the Victorian College of the Arts.By Stephanie Juleff
Albert Herring by the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music: review
The University of Melbourne’s new Master of Music (Opera Performance) proved its mettle in this fully-staged operatic production of Britten’s classic opera. By Peter Tregear, Honorary Research Fellow at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
Herbie Hancock comes to the University of Melbourne for International Jazz Day
UNESCO’s 2019 International Jazz Day will be presented this month in partnership with the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Head of Jazz and Improvisation Associate Professor Rob Vincs explains more.
Five questions for Dr Anthony Lyons, Interactive Composition lecturer, University of Melbourne
Composer, performer and academic Dr Anthony Lyons has created an incredibly diverse range of music in his career, from orchestral works to EDM to multimedia installations. But how does this all tie together?As told to Kelly Southworth.
The Ian Potter Southbank Centre opens for Melbourne Conservatorium students and staff
More than 1,000 students and staff have moved into the new state-of-the-art Ian Potter Southbank Centre, home to the new Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.
Chiptunes and coffee spoons: meet Kenny McAlpine, lecturer in Interactive Composition
Professor Kenny McAlpine is the New Melbourne Enterprise Fellow in Interactive Composition at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. He talks to us about the creativity born of constraint, and what attracted him to working at the University of Melbourne.By Stephanie Juleff
Meet Hannes Lackmann, Master of Music (Performance Teaching) graduate, University of Melbourne
Percussionist Hannes Lackmann was performing regularly on the Melbourne music scene after graduating – so what inspired this Jazz & Improvisation graduate to pursue teaching?By Kelly Southworth
What is Interactive Composition at the University of Melbourne?
It defies easy definition, but those who have had anything to do with Interactive Composition at The Faculty of Fine Arts and Music know its value. It’s a course for innovators, creators, collaborators and ground-breakers. When Interactive Composition graduates leave the University, they go into the world and make their mark.By Jacqui Picone