The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra has announced Ade Vincent as its Cybec Young Composer in Residence, a new year-long program unique to the MSO providing artists and musicians with opportunities to innovate and create contemporary classical works.
“It is a huge honour and privilege to be the first recipient of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Young Composer in Residence program,” said Mr Vincent. “I am very grateful to Roger Riordan and the directors of The Cybec Foundation for their generosity, and to the MSO for their support and encouragement. The scope of development opportunities that this program will provide is enormous – commissions, mentorship and more – I can’t wait to begin.”
The Cybec Young Composer in Residence program is supported by Roger Riordan and the Cybec Foundation. From 2017 a young composer will be selected from the MSO’s annual Cybec 21st Century Composers concert and invited to spend the following year with the MSO, who will commission the composer to write for the orchestra.
Along with the newly created Cybec Assistant Conductor position (announced early 2017), the Cybec Young Composer in Residence is a new initiative which is designed to benefit young emerging artists through hands-on, in-depth professional development opportunities.
MSO Managing Director Sophie Galaise said this program was an important stepping stone in the career pathway for emerging Australian composers. “We are honoured to welcome Ade Vincent to the MSO’s artistic family,” said Ms Galaise.
“We look forward to working with Ade on creating new works for the MSO, delivering exciting new music to our audiences and showcasing the best in Australian contemporary classical music. As Melbourne’s orchestra we have a commitment to develop the classical art form and promote Australian new music.”
Over the course of 12 months, Vincent will join the MSO’s artistic family, attending rehearsals and work alongside MSO musicians and administrative staff to become familiar with the orchestral art form. Ade will create two new works for the MSO which will be mentored, workshopped and performed by the MSO, delivering new music to Melbourne audiences and showcasing the best in Australian contemporary classical music.
When not performing in his band The Tiger & Me, Vincent teaches composition at the University of Melbourne and the Victorian College of the Arts. He writes art music for the concert hall and his compositions have been heard across television, radio and cinema.
Vincent joins Tianyi Lu, MSO’s new Cybec Assistant Conductor as the orchestra’s latest additions to its artistic team. He will commence his role as Cybec Young Composer in Residence in July 2017, with his two commissioned works to be performed by the MSO in its 2018 season.
Highlighting the importance of classical music and the role of the arts in Melbourne and Australia, Roger Riordan, Director of the Cybec Foundation said: “When I set up the Cybec Foundation, I decided that education would be the focus and we would choose projects that would set an example and inspire others to follow, rather than what appealed to me personally. Supporting the position of the Young Composer in Residence at the MSO is a great thrill and I am looking forward to watching Ade’s stardom rise into the future.”
Image: Ade Vincent