Bio

Biography

Christopher Healey

…has enjoyed a great start to a promising career as a professional composer of art music. He completed his Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University under the tutelage of Gerard Brophy, receiving several encouraging awards along the way, such as the Alan Lane and A.G. Francis prizes for his compositions, as well as several academic awards. Of particular note, in 2011, Chris was given the privilege to attended the International Youth Leadership Forum in Prague with full sponsorship from Griffith University’s ‘Honours College’, where he gained a greater appreciation for the value of community leadership and contribution in a global context.

Chris returned to study in 2013 at the University of Queensland, where he completed his Honours Year with Dr. Robert Davidson and was award First Class Honours and the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence. He has since been accepted into the University of Queensland’s PhD Program in Music Composition, receiving an Australian Postgraduate Award for the duration of his studies.

Despite being a young composer, Chris has been commissioned by The Brisbane City Council (for its Street Reads Project), The Australian Piano Duo Festival, Griffith University, The Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, by Saxophonist Emma Di Marco, and twice by renowned Australian-American conductor Dobbs Franks. He has also been invited to write works for The Sounding Out Composer’s Collective, Ensemble Fabrique, The Bricolage Percussion Duo, ANAM Percussion Department, Timpanist Brent Miller, The Queensland Conservatorium Saxophone Orchestra, and several others.

As a result of the above, Chris’ music has been performed at various locations in Brisbane and Melbourne, at the Sydney Saxophone Conference, and soon in Paris at a Woodwind convention. Chris’ work Matrix for Ensemble Fabrique was also recorded and Broadcast by the ABC.

Chris has been the recipient of several awards including 1st place at the Music Teacher’s Association of Queensland’s Composer’s Competition (Audio-visual section), 2nd Place in the Sydney Eisteddfod Composer’s Competition, and the Queensland Government’s Creative Young Stars Award.

Asides from composing, in 2011/2012, Chris created the Dare CD Project, which raised several thousand dollars via Pozible to create a CD of music by emerging Brisbane composers and in 2013, Chris spent six months as an intern with the Sydney-Based arts company, Chronology Arts.

Musically, Chris’s works are hard to pin down and can evoke a wide variety of atmosphere’s, although many admittedly have diabolical or sinister undercurrents. His musical influences include early 20th century composers like Stravinsky, Debussy and Ravel, later composers such as Ligeti, Bartok and Takemitsu and living composers like Carl Vine, George Crumb, Gerard Brophy, Brian Howard, Lowell Liebermann, Michael Gandolfi and many others.

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