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.

I'm Loving to London!

I'm Loving 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.

Bang On A Can Summer Music Festival 2017: Video Diary 1

Bang On A Can Summer Music Festival 2017: Video Diary 1

My first update from the USA!! I threw together a little travel diary for the team at Rehearsal Magazine. Have a look at the beautiful town of North Adams where I've been chilling out for the past week, its very pretty . . .

Bang On A Can Summer Music Festival 2017

Bang On A Can Summer Music Festival 2017

BIG NEWS!!

I probably should have announced it a while back, but I've been selected for a fellowship with Bang on a Can!

I'm very excited to have flown to the USA last Friday for a three week residency with the amazing new-music ensemble Bang on a Can as part of their Summer Music Festival at MASS MoCA!!!!!

To work with and have my music performed by them is a dream come true (their music, projects, and general ethos has long been a huge inspiration of mine) and I'm very excited to have my new quasi-concerto for saxophone and ensemble "Summer Summer" featured as part of the Festival. I'm also super keen to explore and have my music performed in the beautiful MASS MoCA, now one of the largest contemporary art museums in the world and home to so many stunning artworks by the likes of James Turrell, Sol Lewitt, and the crazy thing pictured by Nick Cave.

Stay tuned for travel photos and updates from the Festival...

In Conversation: MSO's Cybec Composers

In Conversation: MSO's Cybec Composers

"You just have to get yourself out there, and that’s the most difficult thing. Whether that’s meeting people in the foyer after concerts and shaking hands, becoming friends, then sending them your music, or entering competitions. Or cold-emailing people! You might not get an email back, but until people know your name nothing is going to happen" – Connor D'Netto

"On the day before the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers Concert, Megan Steller sat down with this year’s featured composers AdeCassieConnor, and Stephen at Blondie in Melbourne’s Southbank for a coffee and a chat. Over an hour, they talked commissioning, getting started as a composer, making your own opportunities and working with the MSO. Find out how to hear the rest of the conversation at the bottom of the page. "

In conversation with Megan Steller, Rehearsal Magazine

Meet the Artists: Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers Concert

Meet the Artists: Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers Concert

This week, four new Australian works will be premiered by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Brett Kelly will take to the stage for the Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers Concert. The event will feature pieces from early-mid career artists Ade Vincent (VIC), Cassie To (NSW), Connor D’Netto (QLD), and Stephen de Filippo (WA).

The four composers come together to tell CutCommon readers what their works are all about, and the personal exploration they’ve taken through their music.

by CutCommon

Review: Argo presents ILLUMINAE @ Brisbane Writers Festival

Review: Argo presents ILLUMINAE @ Brisbane Writers Festival

"With Ben conducting, and controlling the synthesisers, and Connor on keyboards, this was a typically innovative offering from this talented young duo of composer musicians, whose unique multi-sensory concerts transcend the traditional concept of orchestral music"

by Karen and John Hutt, Scenestr.

Brisbane’s Argo turns best-selling book into space opera

Brisbane’s Argo turns best-selling book into space opera

"Ever wondered what another universe would sound like? Brisbane classical/electronic duo Argo will show you this month when they set best-selling sci-fi novel Illuminae to music for the Brisbane Writers Festival.

The duo is made up of young composers Connor D’Netto and Ben Heim, and together they’ve created a cinematic, “surround sound” experience that’s set to place audiences in the centre of this explosive book from Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Think artificial intelligence and star cruiser battles against a backdrop of live strings and electronics.

Sounds pretty cool, huh?"

by Stephanie Eslake, CutCommon

Exploring Charleville // Camerata of St Johns Commission (pt. 1)

Exploring Charleville // Camerata of St Johns Commission (pt. 1)

I'm really stoked to be working on a new piece commissioned by the Camerata of St. John's to premiere on their tour of regional Queensland next month!

But first, their concertmaster/artistic director, Brendan Joyce, and I headed out to Charleville, to meet some of the locals, explore the area, do a few interviews for the local papers and radio, and gather some ideas to use in the new work.

Take a look at what we saw...

Percy Brier Memorial Composition Prize 2016

Percy Brier Memorial Composition Prize 2016

I'm very excited to announce that I have been awarded the Percy Brier Memorial Composition Prize from the University of Queensland for 2016! My winning work, Texture No. 1 for Orchestra, will be premiered by the University of Queensland Symphony Orchestra on 16 October 2016 in the concert hall at QPAC – Tickets available now!

My First International Premiere // Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival 2016

My First International Premiere // Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival 2016

I'm getting the first (official) international premiere of my music, and not only that, it's at the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival!!

Four of the fellows from the festival will be performing a casual lunchtime concert in amidst the exhibition at MASS MoCA, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. The program includes my String Quartet No. 2 in E minor.

So, if you happen to be in North Adams Massachusetts next week, you should definitely go...

I wrote a thesis! // Donald Tugby Musicology Prize and Scholarship

I wrote a thesis! // Donald Tugby Musicology Prize and Scholarship

Last year (2015) I wrote a thesis! It was for my honours in my Bachelor of Music from the University of Queensland. HARMONIC PROGRESSION AND PITCH-CENTRICITY IN JOHN ADAMS PHRYGIAN GATES . . . I know, such a fun title. Anyway, somehow, it won an award! The Donald Tugby Musicology Prize and Scholarship, for the most outstanding research contribution to the field of musicology in 2015 at the university.

MSO Commission: Cybec 2017

MSO Commission: Cybec 2017

Excited to announce that I've been selected as one of four composers to take part in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's Cybec Foundation Composer Program! As part of this, I have received a commission for a new work, to be premiered in concert by MSO in January 2017.

Review: Argo presents FLOW @ Anywhere Festival

Review: Argo presents FLOW @ Anywhere Festival

"The overall effect of ‘Flow’ was profoundly relaxing and soothing, as the stresses of the week melted away in this otherworldly, multi-sensory experience."

by Karen and John Hutt, Scenestr.