Lisa Cheney

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    composer, director & co-curator
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  • Classical:NEXT 2017

Lisa Cheney is an Australian composer of acoustic and acousmatic music, hailing from Queensland and now living in Melbourne. Her music communicates through varied styles which often explore notions of connection and authenticity through fascinations with the ‘edge’ of beauty; expression, poeticism, fragility, delicacy, resonant space, pacing, light and dark and atmospheric soundscapes. Cheney’s work has been described as ‘atmospheres of unfathomable spaciousness’ (Partial Durations), ‘melodic slivers with plaintive intensity’ (The Australian) and ‘fantastic and frightening in its detail and colour’ (Resonate). Her body of work incorporates orchestra, chamber, voice, acousmatic collaborations, arrangements and works for theatre and ballet.

Cheney has received several accolades, including grants from the Australia-Korea Foundation, 2017 Art Music Fund and the Silver Harris and Jeff Peck Composition Prize. Her music has been commissioned and performed by The Southern Cross Soloists, The Australian Voices, Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, Plexus, Syzygy, Sydney Antiphony, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Ballet amongst others.

Cheney holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition (2008) and Master of Music (2013) from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music where she studied with Gerard Brophy and Gerardo Dirie respectively. Her research in to the early career experiences of female composers in Australia was supervised by Brydie-Leigh Bartleet. She is completing a PhD in Music at The University of Melbourne, supervised by Elliott Gyger and Katy Abbott Kvasnica.

Cheney’s passion for championing new music can be seen in her role as co-director and curator of ‘Making Waves’: an online listening and podcast space dedicated to Australian composition. She is currently working on a new opera for children based on Edward Lear’s nonsense poem, The Owl and the Pussycat.

Select scores are available for purchase through the Australian Music Centre.
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Lisa Cheney

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