Conservatorium of Music

Original creative work: Performance and composition

Our School has a strong track-record in composition and performance, contributing to the international scene.

  1. Performance
  2. Composition


Winthrop Professor Paul Wright

Winthrop Professor Paul Wright has been a soloist with many major Australian orchestras since 1989. Since 1991 he has directed Ensemble Arcangelo, an eighteenth century period instrument group based in Perth. He is co-recipient of an Australian Research Council grant enabling him to investigate aspects of French Baroque music especially in relation to the French Cantata. Paul also performs Eastern European gypsy music with Kashtany Duo and in 2003 produced a highly acclaimed CD with accordionist Miroslav Gutej.

Assistant Professor Graeme Gilling

Assistant Professor Gilling performs regularly in collaboration as an associate artist and chamber musician, as pianist with the Darlington Ensemble, and as pianist/celeste/harpsichordist with the WA Symphony Orchestra. He maintains a strong interest in contemporary keyboard composition by working in consultation with composers in residence and premiering new works in his role with the WA Symphony. Blackwood, a collaborative project between himself, soprano Sara McLiver and clarinettist Allan Meyer, with composer Iain Grandage, poet Kevin Gillam and painter Brendan Derby, was premiered in the 2011 Perth International Arts Festival.

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Assistant Professor Christopher Tonkin

Head of Composition Assistant Professor Tonkin focuses on interactive works for live performers and computer. His scores and recordings are held at the Australian Music Centre in Sydney.

He has received grants from the:

He has also received commissions and performances from the:

  • Percussive Arts Festival (Texas, USA, 2008)
  • Australasian Computer Music Association (Sydney, 2008)
  • Ensemble Offspring (Sydney, 2005, 2008)
  • Seoul International Computer Music Festival (South Korea, 2006)
  • IRCAM (France, 2005)
  • Fondation Royaumont (France, 2003)
  • Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (Canada, 2002)

Mr James Ledger 

Mr Ledger has been a part-time lecturer in composition since 2005. He has taught composition at the Australian Youth Orchestra's 2009 national music camp. In 2008, Ledger travelled to Europe on a Churchill Fellowship to research contemporary compositional practice, particularly classical music in Estonia. He has produced many commissions in Australia and overseas and most recently he has been composer-in-residence with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

Emeritus Professor Roger Smalley, Senior Honorary Research Fellow

Professor Smalley's compositions are performed and broadcast worldwide. He has received commissions from the:

His works and performances feature on more than 20 commercially released CDs, including ABC Classics, Tall Poppies and Melba Recordings. He relocated from Perth to Sydney in 2007 and is also an Honorary Research Associate at The University of Sydney.


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