The University of NSW has announced Angus Davison as the winner of the 2022–23 Layton Emerging Composer Fellowship. The Sydney-based composer will receive $10,000, and over the course of the year will compose two pieces for the Australia Ensemble UNSW.
The Layton Emerging Composer Fellowship is open to early career composers (defined as being within the first five to seven years of creative practice). Applicants were required to submit a portfolio of scores of at least three pieces of music, showcasing two of which must be purely instrumental (ie, no voices), one of which must be for chamber ensemble (up to six players), and one of which must be from the last three years.
Davison’s submission was selected from a highly competitive field of over 50 submissions, and was described as “both technically accomplished and creative”, demonstrating a “consistent sense of musical voice” and his compositions as “clever, polished and with a great sense of colour and shape” by the selection panel.
Paul Stanhope, the Artistic Chair of Australia Ensemble UNSW said, “We look forward to Angus’s forthcoming compositions as part of the fellowship and encourage all to apply again in future years.”
This Fellowship is the latest in a string of similar successes for Davison, who has also taken part in composer development programs including the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Australian Composers School, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Cybec Program, Ensemble Offspring’s Hatched Academy and Omega Ensemble’s CoLAB program.
He has received commissions from the Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, Ensemble Offspring, Corvus, the Ady Ensemble, Omega Ensemble, Barega Saxophone Quartet, and Michael Kieran Harvey among many others.
Davison attained his Bachelor of Music at the Tasmanian Conservatorium, and completed a Master of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium. Based in Sydney, he tutors at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and works in philanthropy for Ensemble Offspring.