★★★★½  TRACES AND TRANSFORMATIONS @ Australian Festival of Chamber Music

★★★★½ TRACES AND TRANSFORMATIONS @ Australian Festival of Chamber Music

“Performed by Kathryn Stott and Timo-Veikko Valve, it consisted of groovy, upbeat rhythms, unconventional chords and, occasionally, completely lunatic key changes. D’Netto is a young genius working ‘at the peak of his talents’ as Christopher Lawrence put it. The two-movement work heavily relied on its placement of accents, and explored combinations of possible textures available in both instruments from plucking with running piano arpeggios to syncopated chords and motor rhythms with harmonics. This work of power and imagination was made even more exciting by Valve and Stott’s incredibly clean and focussed execution.”

Reviewed by Shirley Zhu for Limelight Magazine

What is Chamber Music? with Myf Warhurst

What is Chamber Music? with Myf Warhurst

From Mozart to ACDC, Chamber Music laid the foundations of contemporary rock and pop. Three of world’s brightest stars of classical music Connor D’Netto, David Griffiths and Rachael Clegg discuss the impact of chamber music on contemporary sounds with ABC RN host Myf Warhurst. The just some of the many outstanding musicians performing at this year’s Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville. 

Ticking All the Boxes • Limelight Magazine Column

Ticking All the Boxes • Limelight Magazine Column

Premiering in Townsville, Connor D’Netto’s new string quartet is another step closer to completing a life-long musical bucket list. The Goldner String Quartet performs the world premiere of Connor D’Netto’s String Quartet No 3 at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music on July 29. Read all about the new work in Limelight Magazine July edition.

Geburtstag

Geburtstag

Flora Wong celebrates the tenth birthday of her Helge Grawert instrument by commissioning four new works for violin by Australian composers Connor D'Netto, MJ O'Neill, Chris Perren and Kezia Yap.

To find out more and make a tax-deductible donation via the Australian Cultural Fund to support the project, visit bit.ly/Geburtstag2019

The Glad Tomorrow

The Glad Tomorrow

Katie Noonan And Australian String Quartet Announce Album ‘The Glad Tomorrow’ released August 

‘The Glad Tomorrow’ National Tour, October - November 2019 
World premiere performance on Gadigal Country October 28 at The Sydney Opera House

Photoshoot: Barbican Estate with Ray Roberts

Photoshoot: Barbican Estate with Ray Roberts

A couple of weeks back, I had the pleasure of sitting around and looking all moody for a photoshoot with Ray Roberts in the bizarre world that is the Barbican Estate, have a look . . .

Theory of Music • An interview with composer Connor D’Netto

Theory of Music • An interview with composer Connor D’Netto

“I really love the opportunity to collaborate with other composers. It’s not for everyone, it definitely takes a certain personality to be able to have two composers, creatures that are often left to build their own worlds working in solitude, to have them working in tandem. You need to be able to compromise, to be willing to challenge yourself constantly, to always be open to ideas other than your own even when you think you are right.”

Composer Connor D’Netto interviewed by Barry Mitchell

non-place • TEASER FILM

non-place • TEASER FILM

I put together a pretty little teaser film for my upcoming collaborative project non-place . . .
WATCH NOW

LIVE REVIEW // Lily goes to see We Are Breathing

LIVE REVIEW // Lily goes to see We Are Breathing

“this duo (we are breathing) displayed exactly what was promised; richness, tenderness, and virtuosity. Most exciting was the connection and communication between both performers – they seemed to react to each other in a way that was organic and spontaneous, unifying a disparate set of sounds”

Reviewed by Lily Bryant for Cut Common

This new duo is thinking outside of the box

This new duo is thinking outside of the box

So what does it look like when we separate music from sets of arbitrary rules, and focus on creating music that is completely true to our own imagination? Cue Connor D’Netto and Ben Baker, the two musicians behind cello and electronics duo we are breathing. They are both classically trained, and have their own impressive lists of individual achievements. But together, their expertise allows them to create music that is uniquely their own – music that doesn’t fit into any box. We spoke to the duo about their debut Australian tour, and how they create a sound that is so innovative and individual.

Art Music Fund 2018

Art Music Fund 2018

Very excited to share with you that I have been awarded funding in the 2018 APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund! The funding is towards supporting the commissioning of my third full-length string quartet, the result of a three-way co-commission of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music for the Goldner String Quartet (Sydney), the Mivos Quartet (New York), and the Modulus Quartet (London).

NEW PROJECT • we are breathing

NEW PROJECT • we are breathing

I've started a new project!!! Ben Baker and I have started up a new duo thing and
it's going to be ~ d r e a m y ~ 

Think lush cello, dirty synths, wild improv, lots of electronics and effects in surround sound, and some big fat soundscape-y goodness for you to sink into... 

Royal College of Music, Awards & Scholarships

Royal College of Music, Awards & Scholarships

I'm very pleased to announce that recently I have been awarded a number of awards and scholarships supporting my studies in London, where I am undertaking my Masters of Music at the Royal College of Music. These are:

  • Tait Trust Scholar
  • Australian Music Foundation Award
  • Churchie Foundation Old Boys Overseas Study Scholarship

I would like to thank the Royal College of Music, the Tait Memorial Trust, the Australian Music Foundation and the Churchie Foundation for all their generous support, without which I wouldn't have been able to undertake this amazing opportunity to move overseas and study at one of the world's best conservatories.

Live review: Argo’s Infinity

Live review: Argo’s Infinity

“Powerfully contemplative, argo: Infinity was as expansive as it was serene – a juxtaposition of moving sound and stillness, where the silences became just as profound as the music. In today’s busy world, it’s easy to forget to take time out for yourself to forget the pressures of tomorrow. But at Infinity, it was easy to let go. The hour flew by, and a beautiful hour it was. “

Reviewed by Celine Chong for Cut Common

I'm Moving to London!

I'm Moving to London!

Most of you probably already know, but for those of you who don't, I'M MOVING TO LONDON!!!!! 

I'll be living there for at least the next two years while I study my Masters at the Royal College of Music, but don't worry, I'll be back a couple of times next year :-)

I'm super excited for the move, taking on this new degree, getting to do some more travelling, and all the other amazing possibilities waiting for me on this next adventure. I'd like to give a HUGE thank you to the Royal College of Music, Tait Memorial Trust, and Churchie Old Boys' Association/Churchie Foundation for their generous scholarships and financial support, without whom this all wouldn't be possible.

Bang On A Can Summer Music Festival 2017: Video Diary 3

Bang On A Can Summer Music Festival 2017: Video Diary 3

My last travel vlog of my time at Bang on a Can Summer Festival at MASS MoCA is up!! Check it out to see some behind the scenes from the Marathon Concert, as well as the highlights from the final week of the Festival.