Young Composer Award

Emerging Artists Programs

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“Fine Music Sydney will inevitably experience interruptions to our regular programs during the COVD-19 pandemic due to the various social distancing measures we are required to implement. Actual programming content may vary based upon many factors, including availability and a variety of situations which may arise that are beyond our control. It is with this in mind that we have made a decision to freeze all of our Emerging Artist Programs for 2020. All applications will open again in 2021. Stay tuned for more information”.

About the ​Young Composer Award

An annual competition providing young composers the opportunity to have their work performed and recorded for future broadcast.

​Fine Music Sydney gratefully acknowledges APRA|AMCOS for its support of this competition allowing opportunities for emerging composers entering the Australian music community. 

Meet our 2019 Young Composer Winners!

Callum O’Reilly
2019 Young Composer

Callum O’Reilly is the winner of the 2019 Fine Music 102.5 /Willoughby Symphony Young Composer Award. At just 22, he beat a strong national field to scoop the Award and $5000 prize money. 

His piece Winter Suite for Solo Trumpet and Orchestra was premiered by the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra at The Concourse in Chatswood on 1 June. Dedicated to his two best friends Olivia and Corey, the composition is a trio of three pieces, each of which represent Callum’s favourite aspects of winter: wind through leaves, rain, and warmth from friends. Musically, the piece was inspired by 70’s jazz, hip-hop, minimalism and classical music. Callum said the opportunity to have his original work played by a full-scale, world-class orchestra was an amazing opportunity and one that he won’t forget. He said about writing orchestral music: “There is something about the sound of the orchestra as well as the concert hall atmosphere which makes me feel at home … At the strange age of 22, I am pretty spiritual about my music and I believe it’s a great way to explore things deep
within myself that I can’t express using words.”

Callum is a student at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and is currently writing his honours
thesis on the connection between Western Art music and episodes of Seinfeld.

Daniel Riley
2019 Runner-Up

Daniel Riley is a Melbourne-based musician, and recently completed a Master of Music degree in Composition at the University of Melbourne under Stuart Greenbaum and Elliott Gyger. He maintains an active schedule as a freelance singer and casual staff member at the University of Melbourne. His piece Nearer, My God, to Thee won the APRA Encouragement Award in this year’s Fine Music 102.5/ Willoughby Symphony Orchestra Young Composer Award.

Nearer, My God, to Thee is a darkly ironic take on the popular hymn, best known as the alleged final tune performed on the doomed Titanic voyage. Writing about the piece, Daniel notes: “Though the piece was not conceived with a particular extra-musical narrative in mind, current world events whilst composing (i.e. the Christchurch mosque shootings) nevertheless
influenced the overall structure, each episode building in intensity and momentum before a rather sudden and ambiguous conclusion.”