Angus Davison composes music with ‘bright energy’ (Limelight), ‘considerable poignancy’ (The Mercury), and ‘a respect for sound in itself’ (Cut Common). His music is often inspired by human relationships with nature, inviting listeners to deepen their fascination for the world around them. Recent works have explored topics such as the religious life of worms, the absence of majestic views, thermonuclear fusion, and Newton’s laws of motion.
Angus holds a Bachelor of Music from the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music and First Class Honours from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where is currently studying for a Masters degree. His awards include the Don Kay Scholarship for Music Composition, a University of Sydney Honours Scholarship, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Student Composition Prize, and a Research Training Program Scholarship.
Angus’ music has been performed in Australia, Europe, and the US. Performers and commissioners of his work include the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Offspring, the Ku-Ring-Gai Philharmonic, Corvus, Hobart City Band, the Ady Ensemble, the Huon String Quartet, Barega Saxophone Quartet, Backstage Music, Musica North, Michael Lampard, Sonia Lifshitz, and Henry Justo.
Angus is also a music educator, conductor, and pianist. Based in Sydney, he tutors at the Sydney Conservatorium, conducts the Macquarie University Symphony Orchestra, and plays piano with improvisation collective Ensemble Onsombl.
Bio current to August 2020
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