lunedì 24 settembre 2012

Geoffrey Morris:Biography/Biografia

The Australian guitarist Geoffrey Morris performs both traditional and contemporary music with a repertoire which extends from the 16th century to the present day. His interest in performance practices has led Geoffrey to the exploration of early guitars as well as championing the works of contemporary composers working in all genres.

To date Geoffrey has premiered, commissioned or recorded over two hundred new works with composers Elena Kats Chernin (Aust.),Brian Ferneyhough (UK), Aldo Clementi (It.) and Horatiu Radulescu (Romania) among just some who have dedicated works to him.

He has introduced new music to Australian audiences by John Cage (USA), Luca Francesconi (Italy), James Dillon (UK) and Toshio Hosokawa (Japan). For fifteen years he was been a member of the internationally acclaimed ELISION Ensemble with whom he premiered new chamber works by Franco Donatoni (Italy), Helen Gifford (Aust.) Chaya Czernowin (Israel), Maurizio Pisati (Italy) and Gerard Brophy (Aust.). The recently released a cd Terrain included two new works by Brian Ferneyhough with guitar,Les Froissements des Ailes de Gabriel and No Time (at all) received the July 2010 Editors Choice in Gramophone magazine.

With Libra Ensemble he has performed many of the most important works in the twentieth-century repertoire including those by Gerhard, Boulez, Stravinsky, Webern and Crumb. Geoffrey has accompanied some of Australia’s finest singers including Jane Edwards, Tyrone Landau and Deborah Kayser and in 2007 accompanied Luciano Pavarotti with the Melbourne Symphony as part of the singer’s farewell tour.

In recent years Geoffrey has also embraced the performance of the nineteenth-century solo and lieder repertoire performing this work on period instruments and copies. He has performed with many leading Australian and international ensembles and individuals including the Gavin Bryars Ensemble, the Song Company, guitarist Norio Sato (Melbourne Festival), Ensemble Modern (Adelaide Festival), Ensemble 21 (New York City), Paul Grabowsky, Black Arm Band and Aphids.

Geoffrey has given solo performances in Italy, Germany, Denmark, England, Ireland, U.S.A, Norway, New Zealand, Japan and Holland as well as throughout Australia. His awards include a Queens Trust Achievers Award, Best Solo Performance at the Sydney Spring festival (2000), Winston Churchill Memorial Fellowship and most recently the 2004 Music Council of Australia/ Freedman Fellowship for Classical Music.

Geoffrey is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts and gained a Masters Degree from the University of Melbourne. In early July 2007 his Doctoral Thesis on contemporary guitar performance practice was approved by the University of Newcastle where he studied with the support of an Australian Postgraduate Award. From 2006 to 2009, he was been a member of the Guitar Faculty at the University of Melbourne.

Geoffrey’s debut solo CD In Flagranti was released on ABC Classics (ABC 465 701-2) to widespread critical acclaim. He has previously recorded on the Etcetera (Holland) and Vox Australis, Move and Mode (USA) labels. He has had his work broadcast on ABC FM, ABC Television, BBC Radio 3, Danish Radio 2, WNYC (New York), Radio Bremen, and the Deutschlandfunk, (Cologne). A CD of the guitar works by the Italian composer Aldo Clementi was released in late June 2007 on the prestigious New York record label Mode Records.

He plays on guitars by Moreno/Aguado(1996, 2004), Fritz Ober (2010) and Liam Romanillos (2008).

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