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Lisa Illean


Lisa Illean is an Australian composer of acoustic and acousmatic music, living and working 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 span pieces written for orchestra to those commissioned for new, prepared or adapted instruments, and sound works conceived for unique spaces.  Her ensemble works have been performed internationally by BBC, Sydney and Melbourne symphony orchestras, London Philharmonic Orchestra, members of the Philharmonia Orchestra, Scordatura Ensemble and Explorensemble, among others, in venues ranging from Royal Festival Hall to Cafe Oto.  She has made site-specific sound pieces for the Arts Centre, Melbourne, and the Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver.    

Lisa is a Soirée d’Or Scholar at the Royal College of Music, where she is completing doctoral research under the title 'Fractures: a personal approach to intonation and form'. She is the recipient of a 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society prize for composition and a 2016 APRA/AMCOS Art Music Fund award.

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Jonathan Cole


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