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Katy Abbott

50 Fanfares Composer

Katy Abbott's commission for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra's 50 Fanfares Project is generously supported by Geoff Stearn.

Her commission, Fanfare for the Melancholy, premiered in June 2022 at the Sydney Symphony's Regional Tour performances of The Masters of Romance.

Composer Katy Abbott is forensically curious about what makes us tick.

Her music explores our passions, fears and motivations using contemporary musical flavours in traditional musical settings. Musing on the concepts of connection, place and humour, Abbott’s compositions are performed, published and recorded around the world; she has five solo discs of her work on ABC Classics and MOVE records and the first work in her series Hidden Thoughts was the 2019 winner of the Paul Lowin Award for Composition (song cycle category).

I seek to unpack the human side of life; humour, foibles, quirky things we do and say, beauty, grief and friendship."

Abbott is Senior Lecturer in Composition at Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and is the current Fellow (Music) with Australia Council for the Arts.

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