Sydney-based composer Paul Stanhope (born 1969) won the prestigious Toru Takemitsu Composition Award in 2004 for his orchestral work Fantasia on a Theme by Vaughan Williams (performed by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in 2010). Commissions from orchestras soon followed including one from the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra for Cloudforms. In 2010 he was Musica Viva’s featured composer, which brought his String Quartet No 2 and Agnus Dei – After the Fire to the attention of chamber music audiences throughout the country. In the same year he was awarded the Albert H Maggs Award from the University of Melbourne for his String Quartet No 1. The String Quartet No 2 was named Instrumental Work of the Year at the 2011 APRA/Australian Music Centre Awards and his unaccompanied choral work Deserts of Exilewas named Vocal/Choral Work of the Year. In addition to composing, Stanhope is active as a choral conductor and is director of the Sydney Chamber Choir. He teaches composition part-time at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and at MLC School.

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