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 Gazette - - NEWS - Leah Roberts

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.

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Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell d476503

Mark Holdsworth has been se­lected to per­form in Mel­bourne.

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