Marked for success
A LOVE for music has given Fremantle composer Mark Holdsworth the chance of a lifetime after he was selected for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Cybec Commission 2017.
FREMANTLE resident Mark Holdsworth is one of four composers to be selected nationally for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Cybec Commission 2017 .
Mr Holdsworth, the only West Australian to be selected, began composing at age 13 not long after he began playing the piano.
“Music for me is a powerful expressive device,” he said.
“I wanted to write compositions that reminded people about their personal experience.”
The competition is for emerging composers. It is a paid commission for a 10minute original composition for a chamber orchestra.
“The application process is fairly straightforward,” Mr Holdsworth said.
“You send in compositions in written and sound form that you believe best represents what you do, then it’s basically just a waiting game.
“I describe myself as a classical composer and I hope one day I can write a symphony that combines orchestral music with a Javanese gamelan (traditional instrument) combined with Yogykarta street music.
“In doing this I hope to connect with my Javanese heritage.”
Mr Holdsworth said he had just finished his masters degree at the UWA School of Music when he received the news he had been selected.
“I could not have asked for a more perfect reward to a really challenging year of study,” he said.
The composed music will be held at the Iwaki Auditorium in Melbourne on February 21.
Mark Holdsworth has been selected to perform in Melbourne.