Introducing Paul Stanhope, 2010 Featured Composer

You might think the Pavel Haas Quartet would be having a relaxing day in Armidale before tonight’s concert. Instead, they’ve been rehearsing last minute updates to Paul Stanhope’s String Quartet no 2, that came about as a result of the Quartet’s rehearsal with Paul on Monday. This world premiere performance promises to be very exciting, with Paul Stanhope also travelling to Armidale to be present.

Paul Stanhope is considered one of the most interesting, prolific and outstanding composers of his generation – not only in Australia but internationally – a reputation confirmed by the prestigious Toru Takemitsu Composition Prize (2004) for Fantasia on a Theme by Vaughan Williams.

“It is a great honour and a wonderful opportunity to be Musica Viva’s Featured Composer” says Paul. “For me, these commissions are a means to write for some of the most outstanding performers in the world who then give the music voice – what could be better?”

Carl Vine says of Paul Stanhope, “I consider Paul an exceptional composer with a high probability of becoming a great one. His Fantasia on a Theme by Vaughan Williams is one of the finest peaks of Australian new music, and I believe he will, in time, provide us with plenty more.”

Find out more about Paul Stanhope, his work and life as a composer in our Concert Insights:

Part 1

Part 2

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