Award-winning composer of concert and film music

Mary Finsterer

Photo by Dean Golja.

MARY FINSTERER is the Chamber Music Australia Chair of Composition at the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music, Monash University. Recognised as one of Australia’s most innovative orchestral composers, Mary received the APRA AMCOS ART Music Award in 2014 for her large-scale piece AEREA while other works including her latest symphonic work LAKE ICE | Missed Tales no.1 and her large-scale work for two pianos, FALLING, have been finalists. Her percussion concerto, SILVA, was the featured work in the Ensemble Offspring programme at the Sydney Opera House in 2013 and toured nationally in 2015.

Also working in the area of screen music, Mary’s score for the feature film SOUTH SOLITARY (dir. Shirley Barrett) was a finalist in the Film Critics Circle of Australia awards in 2010. It has since been released on the CD label ABC Classics|Universal. Mary has been the recipient of numerous prestigious national and international awards in Europe, Britain, USA and Canada including the distinguished Paul Lowin Orchestral Prize in 2009, a Churchill Fellowship in 2006 and representing Australia in five International Society for Contemporary Music Festivals.

Music meets Science ~ New project SCIENTIFICA launched!
Sydney Chamber Opera comes on board as producer for BIOGRAPHICA

World premiere: Plexus perform Julian Suite No.1 Movement 1
Monday 21 September 2015, 6pm
Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre

World premiere: Monash Academy Orchestra perform Darkest Light
Sunday 27 September, 2015, 4pm
Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University

World premiere: Ensemble Liaison perform Angelus
Thursday 29 October, 2015, 7pm
Elizabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre