Gordon Kerry - Classical composer (born 1961)
In 2009 Gordon Kerry was awarded the Ian Potter Established Composer Fellowship to compose new works for the Sydney Chamber Choir, Bendigo and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and to complete a new opera with playwright Louis Nowra. His book, New Classical Music: Composing Australia, (UNSW Press) was also published in 2009.
Recent works include settings of cantos from John Kinsella's Divine Comedy, pieces for students at the Australian National Academy of Music (where he was composer-in-residence in 2008), a completion of the Mozart Requiem for ABC Classic FM and an overture celebrating the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra's Centenary. Orchestral music has been commissioned by the ABC, BBC, Symphony Australia, Ars Musica Australis and the Australian Youth Orchestra.
His chamber music has been commissioned for Musica Viva Australia and Wigmore Hall, London as well as independent ensembles in Australia, Germany, the USA, Sweden and Russia. Recordings of his music appear on Tall Poppies, Vox Australis and ABC Classics.
Jon Rose - Contemporary classical violinist - Historian
Born in 1951 in Rochester, UK, Jon Rose started playing the violin at seven years old, after winning a music scholarship to King's School Rochester. He studied violin with Anthony Saltmarsh (exponent of the Knud Vestergaard 'Bach' bow).
He gave up formal music education at the age of 15 and from then on was primarily self-taught. In 1977-78 he studied jazz arranging and counterpoint with Bill Motzing at the NSW Conservatorium of Music. He became the central figure in the development of Free Improvisation in Australia, performing in almost every art gallery, jazz and rock club in the country - either solo, with fellow improvisers like Louis Burdett, Serge Ermoll, Edy Bronson, Jim Denley or with an international pool of improvising musicians called The Relative Band. The collaborative LP Tango (Hot Records) in 1983 with Martin Wesley-Smith was a world first in violin and (Fairlight) sampling improvisation.