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.
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.
"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.
"We had a chat with Ben and Connor, the masterminds behind Argo, about their upcoming performance - Argo presents: FLOW."
by Megan Steller, Rehearsal Magazine
"Argo do performances rather than concerts proper. Which is to say that you really have to be there to get it . . . it’s certain to make you stop and think and listen. I definitely recommend it."
by Carolina Caliaba, 4ZZZ reviews
Connor's work is being featured on CutCommon's new online music store. Scores, such as his award winning String Quartet No. 2 and Chamber Symphony No. 1, and recordings, including his String Quartet No. 1, are available to purchase and download.
Connor D’Netto has been named by Chamber Music Australia the winner of the inaugural Australian New Works Award for his String Quartet No. 2 in E minor, along with Michael Bakrnčev for his Piano Trio No. 2 Janino. The award was established as part of the 7th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition with the support of Monash University and CMA Chairman, Julian Burnside AO QC.
In the lead up to Paint in Red | 9, a collaboration between the musical and visual arts communities of Brisbane, I had the pleasure for chatting to one of the featured artists, Lucy Tyler, to talk about creating art, music, and what its live to create live reaction artworks.
Image credit: Lucy Tyler – creativemachine.com.au