Angus Davison Wins Layton Emerging Composer Fellowship

The University of NSW has announced Angus Davison as the winner of the 2022-2023 Layton Emerging Composer Fellowship. The Sydney-based composer will receive $10,000 and over the course of the year will compose two pieces for Australia Ensemble UNSW.

Angus Davison has been announced as the winner of the 2022-2023 Layton Emerging Composer Fellowship for Australia Ensemble UNSW. Photo provided

The Layton Emerging Composer Fellowship is open to composers at the start of their career (defined as being within the first five to seven years of creative practice). Applicants were required to submit a portfolio of scores of at least three pieces of music, featuring two of them to be purely instrumental (i.e. without vocals), one of which must be for chamber ensemble (up to to six musicians) and one among which must date from the last three years.

Davison’s submission was selected from a highly competitive field of over 50 submissions, and was described as “both technically accomplished and creative”, demonstrating a “coherent sense of musical voice” and his compositions as “intelligent, polished and with a great sense of color”. and form” by the selection panel.

Paul Stanhope, Artistic Director of Australian ensemble UNSW, said: “We look forward to Angus’s next compositions for the Fellowship and encourage everyone to apply again in the years to come.

The scholarship is the latest in a string of similar successes for Davison, who has also participated in composer development programs including the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Australian Composers School, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Cybec Program, Ensemble Offspring’s Hatched Academy and the CoLAB from Omega Ensemble.

He has received commissions from the Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, Ensemble Offspring, Corvus, Ady Ensemble, Omega Ensemble, Barega Saxophone Quartet and Michael Kieran Harvey, among others.

Davison received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Tasmanian Conservatorium and completed a Masters of Music degree from the Sydney Conservatorium. Based in Sydney, he teaches at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and works in philanthropy for the Offspring Ensemble.

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