Dr Trevor Pearce

Casual Lecturer

Dr Trevor Pearce (b. 1954) is an Australian composer who has worked in a range of genres in both acoustic and electro-acoustic mediums. He studied composition with Peter Sculthorpe, Anne Boyd and Ross Edwards at the University of Sydney during the late 70’s where he completed a B. Mus. (Hons.) degree with the award of a University Medal. This was followed by a period of study as a postgraduate fellow at Sussex University, UK, where he studied with British composer Jonathan Harvey. In 1982 he was offered a lectureship in Composition with what was then the NSW State Conservatorium. Further study in Italy and a period of freelance composing was made possible with an Australia Council Fellowship in 1985 and he rejoined the Conservatorium in 1987. Later, in 1996, he completed his PhD in [...]

Dr Trevor Pearce (b. 1954) is an Australian composer who has worked in a range of genres in both acoustic and electro-acoustic mediums. He studied composition with Peter Sculthorpe, Anne Boyd and Ross Edwards at the University of Sydney during the late 70’s where he completed a B. Mus. (Hons.) degree with the award of a University Medal. This was followed by a period of study as a postgraduate fellow at Sussex University, UK, where he studied with British composer Jonathan Harvey. In 1982 he was offered a lectureship in Composition with what was then the NSW State Conservatorium. Further study in Italy and a period of freelance composing was made possible with an Australia Council Fellowship in 1985 and he rejoined the Conservatorium in 1987. Later, in 1996, he completed his PhD in composition at the University of Sydney.

His output includes works for orchestral and chamber ensembles, choral works, song cycles and solo instrumental works. During his time as a freelance composer he has also composed soundtracks for film, radio and dance including the electronic score Midday Moon for the One Extra Dance Company. He was a pioneer in the area of radiophonic composition in Australia with works such as Still Life produced for the ABC from extensive research in the National Sound Archives and the ABC sound archives.

His chamber workInteriors represented Australia at the ISCM’s World Music Days and he has received commissions from many of Australia’s artistic bodies such as the ABC, the Seymour Group, Flederman, Synergy Percussion, Elision, and the Sydney Chamber Choir. Overseas he has worked with artists such as Alessio Baci, Lisetta Rossi, Fabio Neri and the Gruppo Bruno Maderna. More recently he has focused on song cycle compositions with the Grevillea Ensemble who will shortly release a recording of his song cycle sogno …la notte .

As an educator, Dr. Pearce has been a longstanding lecturer in the Sydney Conservatorium’s Composition Unit, supervising Postgraduate and Undergraduate students, and conducting courses in Composition, Technical Studies and Analysis, Australian Music and the Composer Performer Workshop which he helped establish with Dr. Graham Hair in the early 1980’s.

He is Director of the Conservatorium High School’s Composition Program which he established in 2003, and consults with the NSW Board of Studies in Music. He is also a mentor to numerous graduate composers many of whom now hold positions around Australia, in the UK, Europe and the USA.

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Areas of Study

Composition and Music Technology

Location

C41 - Sydney Conservatorium of Music