We’re delighted to announce that UK-based, Australian-born Jane Stanley has joined Composers Edition.
Specialising in chamber and orchestral music Jane’s works been performed and broadcast throughout the world and featured at festivals including Tanglewood, ISCM World Music Days, Gaudeamus Music Week, Asian Composers League and June in Buffalo. Jane has received commissions from Tanglewood, Musica Viva, Robert Irvine, Bernadette Harvey, Continuum Sax, Ensemble Offspring, and Halcyon.
Her music has been recorded for release by artists internationally. Her solo ‘cello piece Winter Song features on Robert Irvine’s CD Songs and Lullabies, released by Delphian Records, and the recording of her Piano Sonata by Bernadette Harvey was launched on the Tall Poppies label early in 2018. One of her most often performed pieces Helix Reflection for flute and clarinet was recorded by Ensemble Offspring and appears on their Cycles and Circles album.
A one-time Visiting Fellow at Harvard University, her teachers include Anne Boyd, Peter Sculthorpe, Ross Edwards, and Bernard Rands. Jane was a composition fellow at Tanglewood Music Center in 2008, who commissioned Palimpsest for large brass ensemble and in 2009 was a Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival and School.
In 2015 her piece Pentimenti for piano duo represented Australia at ISCM World Music Days in Wrocław, performed by the Lutoslawski Piano Duo. A highlight of 2017 was the premiere in Sydney of her Piano Sonata, commissioned by Bernadette Harvey and supported by a grant from the Australia Council for the Arts.
Her most recent pieces feature delicate ornamental textures and agile, virtuosic writing for instruments. She aims to exploit and maximise the colouristic potential of ensembles for which she composes and to construct nuanced and distinctive gestures. This can be heard most clearly in her Suite for clarinet, violin, cello and piano.
Jane Stanley Profile & Works
“Cerulean Orbits … evoked an expanding universe of sounds, melodies and swirling configurations attracted and repelled by inner and outer forces – the individual consciousness and the vastness of the cosmos.”
Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald, October 17, 2016
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