The Flinders Quartet (FQ) invites applications from composers to submit a short work for string quartet to be workshopped by the members of the quartet and composition mentor, Brenton Broadstock, resulting in a professionally recorded live performance.
Submissions close on 7 September 2016 (5pm AEST), and will be reviewed by Flinders Quartet and a small panel of industry experts. Successful composers will be announced on 30 September.
Up to eight composers will have the chance to spend up to three hours with the quartet on their composition, in this, FQ’s inaugural composer workshop. The workshops will take place in Melbourne and will be open to the public, allowing aspiring composers to witness the creative process of other composers as well as demonstrating their own compositional development. The workshops will take place over a period of eight days towards the end of 2016, and will culminate in a public performance that will be professionally recorded.
FQ, comprising violinists Shane Chen and Nicholas Waters, viola player Helen Ireland and cellist Zoe Knighton, is deeply committed to furthering the Australian tradition of chamber music. The quartet regularly commissions and premieres works by Australia composers, and considers the development and presentation of new works an essential part of its activity. FQ believes that in order to best serve the composers and to truly develop their compositional skills and personal voice, having a live, professional string quartet at their disposal is an invaluable tool.
Partnership, creativity and an investment in the future of the string quartet are at the heart of this activity.
The resulting concert will be professionally recorded, giving the composers an invaluable reference tool and documenting the development of chamber music in Victoria. There is the possibility for suitable compositions to be incorporated into FQ’s future programming.
Full submission information as well as terms and conditions are available at flindersquartet.com/composerworkshop.