Angus Davison composes music with ‘bright energy’ (Limelight), ‘considerable poignancy’ (The Mercury), and ‘a respect for sound in itself’ (Cut Common). His music explores the place of humans in nature and of nature in music, 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.
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Angus holds a Bachelor of Music from the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music and First Class Honours from the Sydney Conservatorium where he is studying for a Masters degree. His awards include the Don Kay Scholarship, an Honours Scholarship, a Research Training Program Stipend, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Student Composition Prize, second place in the Jean Bogan and Willoughby Symphony young composer awards, and finalist in the international Tampa Bay Symphony Orchestra Prize.
He has been selected for composer development programs including the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Cybec 21st Century Composer Program, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Australian Composers’ School, the Ku-Ring-Gai Philharmonic Composer Program, the Ensemble Offspring Hatched Academy, the Omega Ensemble CoLAB Composer Accelerator Program, and Composing in the Wilderness.
Angus’ music has been performed in Australia, Europe, and the US. Performers and commissioners of his work include the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Offspring, Corvus, the Ady Ensemble, the Huon String Quartet, Barega Saxophone Quartet, Backstage Music and Musica North among others.
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 February 2021