Congratulations to the winners for this year’s Art Music Award winners
This year’s awards, held in Melbourne is the only national event in Australia to acknowledge the extraordinary achievements and creative successes of Australian composers, performers and educators in the genres of contemporary art music, jazz and experimental music.
2016 Art Music award winners Paul Grabowsky and the Young Wägilak Group for Jazz Work of the Year and The Award for Excellence in Jazz went to Australian Jazz Real book, editor Tim Nikolsky for the preservation and distribution of Australian jazz in both digital and print formats.
QLD State award for excellence in jazz went to Rafael Karlan, Kristin Berardi and Sean Foran.
The winner of Orchestral Work of the Year is the epic and imaginative Earth Plays by composer Catherine Milliken. Paul Grabowsky and the Young Wägilak Group have received the award for Jazz Work of the Year for their collaboration of Nyilipidgi.
Kate Neal’s Semaphore, a complex work that combines theatrics, animation, music and dance, was named the Instrumental Work of the Year. Performance of this same work, by the Semaphore band and dancers, received this year’s Performance of the Year award.
Composer Andrew Schultz has received the award for Vocal / Choral Work of the Year for Le Molière Imaginaire, for eight voices. He shares the award with Timothy Knapman whose text was adapted from the final scene of Molière’s Le Malade Imaginaire.
The Award for Excellence by an Organisation has gone to Ensemble Offspring for their 2015 activities and sustained services to Australian music for 20 years, while the Award for Excellence by an Individual was awarded to internationally acclaimed percussionist, artistic director and arts champion Claire Edwardes for performance, advocacy and artistic leadership.
Internationally recognised in the fields of experimental and contemporary classical music, Speak Percussion took out the Award for Excellence in Experimental Music for its 2015 program.
The Award for Excellence in Jazz has gone to Australian Jazz Real Book for the Australian Jazz Real Book, which is dedicated to the preservation and distribution of Australian jazz in both digital and print formats.
In its 10th anniversary season, Moorambilla Voices has received the Award for Excellence in a Regional Area. The program continues to engage composers, performers and administrators in a broad range of quality performances throughout remote NSW.
The Award for Excellence in Music Education was won by Artology for its Fanfare Competition. This outstanding program offered its young participants a unique opportunity that included composition, mentoring and terrific exposure.
The Award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music (as determined by the APRA Board of Writer and Publisher Directors) was presented to 80-year-old Helen Gifford OAM for her long and illustrious career.