For young composers there are few experiences more powerful than the engagement with the talents gathered at AYO National Music Camp. The Composition program fosters development amongst young Australian Composers, with exposure to a wide range of teaching and performance experiences.

 In this program composers will receive individual tuition, participate in lectures and seminars, extend and consolidate their composition technique, workshop a new work, and receive feedback and performance opportunities for their new work

Elliot Gyger TUTOR

Elliott Gyger was born in Sydney, and holds degrees in composition from the University of Sydney and Harvard University.  His composition teachers have included Ross Edwards, Peter Sculthorpe, Bernard Rands and Mario Davidovsky.  His compositional interests include the creation of a purely musical sense of drama and narrative, and the multilayered interplay of music and text.  His music has been played by many of Australia's major performing groups, including the Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, as well as North American ensembles such as the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Columbia Sinfonietta, Collage, and the Emerson, Mendelssohn and Ying Quartets.

Recent works include a celesta concerto entitled Angels and Insects (2010); an hour-long solo piano work inspired by Dante, Inferno (2013), for Michael Kieran Harvey; and a tenor saxophone concerto entitled Smoke and Mirrors (2014), premiered in December 2014 by soloist Joshua Hyde with the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra.  His “dialogue for orchestra” on air (2011) was awarded the Sydney Symphony 80th Anniversary Composition Prize, receiving its first performances with the SSO under Vladimir Ashkenazy in March 2012.  Giving Voice(2012) was awarded the 2013 Paul Lowin Song Cycle Award.  His chamber opera on David Malouf’s novella Fly Away Peter is being premiered by Sydney Chamber Opera in May 2015.

Elliott is also active as a conductor, teacher and writer on new music.  He was Assistant Professor of Music at Harvard from 2002 to 2007, and has taught at the University of Melbourne since 2008, where he is currently Senior Lecturer in Composition.  He has been a tutor for young composer development programs with Halcyon, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and National Music Camp.  He has written extensively on Australian composer Nigel Butterley, including a book on his music published by Wildbird Press in April 2015.


EXCERPT: Harry Sdraulig's "Beyond Viridescence: four scenes for chamber orchestra" .