2016 RPS Composition Prize Winner
Commission: chamber work, Philharmonia Orchestra, Music of Today 2017
Lisa Illean is an Australian composer of acoustic and acousmatic music, living and writing in London. Her music has been described as “exquisitely quiet shadows shaded with microtunings” (The Sydney Morning Herald) and “a compelling exercise in stillness and quietude” (The Australian). Works range from pieces written for orchestra to those commissioned for new, prepared or adapted instruments, and sound works conceived for unique spaces.
Lisa has recently worked with BBC, Sydney and Melbourne symphony orchestras, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Octandre Ensemble and Explorensemble, among others, and has held residencies with The Arts Centre, Melbourne, the Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver and at Church Walk, Aldeburgh. Her music has been featured in Melbourne’s Metropolis New Music Festival (2012, 2014), and broadcast on ABC National Radio, 3 MBS, BBC Radio 3 and Resonance FM.
Current projects include Cranes (a new work for Australian violist Phoebe Green) and Cantor, for soprano and ensemble, which has been generously funded through the APRA AMCOS Art Music fund. Cantor will be developed and premiered by Ensemble Offspring (Australia) ahead of premieres in Holland, the U.K., Canada, New Zealand and China in 2018.
Lisa has studied at Victorian College of the Arts (the University of Melbourne) and the Royal College of Music, where she graduated in 2015 with the Corbett and Hurlstone prize for outstanding achievement. From September 2016, Lisa will hold a doctoral studentship at the Royal College of Music.
Cathy Graham, Director of Music, British Council: That classical music has a vibrant future is very important to me. Supporting the RPS allows me to play a small part in ensuring this.
DID YOU KNOW?
Bex Burch was able to spend a year in Ghana studying the gyil - an African xylophone - with Thomas Sekgura, a master musician thanks to funding from the RPS Isserlis Scholarship.