Alex Turley wins Arcadia Winds 2021 composition award

The famous wind quintet Arcadia Winds relaunched their annual composition award in April of last year and opened applications for the 2021 competition in October. They received an incredible number of 26 entries from young Australian composers between the ages of 18 and 35. Melbourne-based composer Alex Turley was announced as this year’s winner.

Composer Alex Turley. Photo provided.

“Turley’s work has shown a strong mastery of the wind medium, and his compelling application was the unanimous choice. The overall standard was very high and we strongly encourage these applicants to apply again in future iterations of the competition, ”said composer Elizabeth Younan, who was one of the award judges along with composer Lachlan Skipworth and members of Arcadia Winds.

Participants were invited to submit two pieces already written, as well as a proposal for a new work to be written especially for the quintet. Turley will now receive the $ 3,000 prize and begin working with Arcadia Winds to compose a new work, which will be premiered at the Melbourne Recital Center in 2022, then recorded and broadcast for broadcast. Past award winners are Harry Sdraulig, Mark Holdsworth and Cayn Borthwick.

The 26-year-old composer is also the 2022 Composer in Residence of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. His works have been performed by Ripple Effect Band, and he is also part of the ANAM ANAM set Sydney Symphony Orchestra and composition project Fifty brass bands project.

“I am delighted to have been selected as the winner of the 2021 Arcadia Winds Composition Prize,” said Turley. “I truly admire the work Arcadia does to foster the creation of new Australian works and I am delighted to write something new for them. I’ve written a lot for winds before, but this will be my first quintet, so it’s a great opportunity to expand my repertoire!

You can find more information about this year’s competition here.

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