Dr Peter McNamara

Born and educated in Sydney’s outer western suburbs, Peter McNamara is gaining a reputation as a talented emerging composer. Between 1999 and 2011 he studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with composers such as Michael Smetanin, Bozidar Kos and Trevor Pearce, graduating with a PhD. He has worked as a freelance composer across a variety of areas including orchestral, chamber, electronic and film composition.

Peter’s works have been performed by a variety of major orchestras and ensembles in Australia and overseas, including Ensemble Modern, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Insomnio, Orchestra Victoria, Orkest de Ereprijs, Ensemble Offspring, the Tokyo Sinfonietta, Ensemble Nomad and the Stroma Ensemble. His work has appeared at numerous international events [...]

Born and educated in Sydney’s outer western suburbs, Peter McNamara is gaining a reputation as a talented emerging composer. Between 1999 and 2011 he studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with composers such as Michael Smetanin, Bozidar Kos and Trevor Pearce, graduating with a PhD. He has worked as a freelance composer across a variety of areas including orchestral, chamber, electronic and film composition.

Peter’s works have been performed by a variety of major orchestras and ensembles in Australia and overseas, including Ensemble Modern, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Insomnio, Orchestra Victoria, Orkest de Ereprijs, Ensemble Offspring, the Tokyo Sinfonietta, Ensemble Nomad and the Stroma Ensemble. His work has appeared at numerous international events in Australasia and Europe, including a number of performances at the ISCM World New Music Days conference and the Gaudeamus Music Week in The Netherlands.

A growing number of his works have been published by Wirripang Pty Ltd and Alexander Street Press. His commissions from various artistic bodies and ensembles nationally and internationally are also increasing. These include Perpetual Inertia for the Dutch Orchestra and Ensemble Academy, The German Hills for Ensemble Offspring and Duo-Charged for Ars Musica Australis and the Sydney Conservatorium. In 2006 and 2012, he was the composer-in-residence at the Campbelltown Arts Centre. His work The Styx for chamber orchestra and solo percussion was commercially released on CD in 2009, recorded by Claire Edwardes and the Kammerklang Chamber Orchestra.

Peter has received many awards, including second place at the 2011 Young Composers Meeting with Orkest de Ereprijs (Cross Modifications), the 2008 2MBS-FM composition award for Orchestra (Modes of Deception), the 2007 Betty Amsden Award for Orchestra (Auftauchen der Nacht) and second place in the 2007 Asian Composers League Young Composers Awards (Landscape of Diffracted Colours). He also received a high credit from the Lepo Sumera International Composition Contest in 2003 for his orchestral work Shadows of Fallacy.

As a composer, Peter has a particular interest in microtonality, spectral music and applying the physical properties of sound in music. He encourages students to be creative and expand their compositional style into new and diverse areas outside of their previous experiences and to emphasise promoting clear musical intent in their work.

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Areas of Study

Composition and Music Technology and Musicology

Location

C41 - Sydney Conservatorium of Music