Gordon Kerry (born 1961)


In 2009 Gordon Kerry was awarded the Ian Potter Established Composer Fellowship to compose new works for the Sydney Chamber Choir, Bendigo and Sydney Symphony Orchestras, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and to complete a new opera with playwright Louis Nowra. His book, New Classical Music: Composing Australia, (UNSW Press) was also published in 2009.


Recent works include settings of cantos from John Kinsella’s Divine Comedy, pieces for students at the Australian National Academy of Music (where he was composer-in-residence in 2008), a completion of the Mozart Requiem for ABC Classic FM and an overture celebrating the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Centenary. Orchestral music has been commissioned by the ABC, BBC, Symphony Australia, Ars Musica Australis and the Australian Youth Orchestra. His chamber music has been commissioned for Musica Viva Australia and Wigmore Hall, London as well as independent ensembles in Australia, Germany, the USA, Sweden and Russia. Recordings of his music appear on Tall Poppies, Vox Australis and ABC Classics.


For his local community, Kerry has composed new works for Opera in the Alps, the Murray Conservatorium Choirs and Orchestra and the Riverina Summer School for Strings. He has written numerous choral works for ensembles including Sydney Philharmonia, the Prague Chamber Choir and the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic. His opera Medea has been performed in Australia and the USA with Chamber Made Opera and in Germany in several seasons with the Berliner Kammeroper. ABC Classics has released the opera on CD.


Gordon Kerry studied composition with Barry Conyngham at the University of Melbourne, and he has held fellowships from the Australia Council, Peggy Glanville-Hicks Trust and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, USA. He lives on a hill in north-eastern Victoria, Australia.