Ian Munro
composer | Australia, °1963
COMPOSITION 2002 : First Prize
Ian Munro has emerged over recent years as one of Australia’s most distinguished and awarded musicians, with a career as a composer and a pianist that has taken him to thirty countries in Europe, Asia, North America and Australasia. His award in 2003 of Premier Grand Prix at the Queen Elisabeth International Competition for composers follows on from multiple prizes in international piano competitions in Spain (Maria Canals), Italy (Busoni), Portugal (Vianna da Motta) and the UK, where his second prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition in 1987 established his international profile.

After returning to composition in 1992, following the birth of his first daughter Lucy, Ian Munro developed an interest in music for children. Both Lucy’s Book (1993-2006) and the Children’s Concerto (1999) reflect an abiding concern with music for children. In 2003 his piano concerto Dreams won the Queen Elisabeth Competition and was subsequently played by the twelve finalists of the international piano competition. Broadcast across Europe both on radio and television, Dreams received its next performance in St Petersburg in Russia with the Hermitage State Orchestra as part of the Musical Olympus Festival.

Subsequent commissions from the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra through a Symphony Australia residency have produced the Blue Rags (2005), Drought & Night Rain (2005) and O Traurigkeit (2006), written for cellist Sue-Ellen Paulsen. Blue Rags was nominated for APRA Orchestral Work of the Year 2006 and has been recorded for ABC Classics. In its solo piano version it was again nominated for APRA Instrumental Work of the Year 2009.

Chief among Ian Munro’s chamber works is the piano quintet Divertissement sur le nom d’Erik Satie (2006), commissioned by the Flinders Quartet of Melbourne and premiered by them with Caroline Almonte (piano), as well as the piano trio Tales from Old Russia (2008), written for Wilma Smith, David Berlin and the composer to tour in New Zealand in 2008. Other recent works include the song cycle Letter to a Friend for Elizabeth Campbell and the string sextet Black is the Night for Richard Tognetti and the ACO. Recently, he has worked on commissions to write the clarinet quintet Songs from the Bush for the Huntington Festival November 2010, a string quartet for the Flinders String Quartet subscription series 2011 and a second piano quintet for the Goldner String Quartet. In 2011 he has been Musica Viva's featured composer.
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