Justin Michael McKay
Justin Michael McKay grew up in the Blue Mountains near Sydney and attended the Conservatorium High School. He graduated from the University of Western Sydney, Nepean with a double-major in Performance and Music Technology. His teachers have included Judy Bailey, Michael Whiticker, Albert Landa and Joshua Tsai, among others.
McKay's output includes three one-act operas, a string symphony, a set of fugues for piano, incidental music for plays, three chorale preludes for organ, a quintet for piano and winds, a harpsichord concerto, a cello sonata, and two string quartets. His attractive piano pieces have been enjoyed by pianists and audiences alike. While many of his works exhibit traces of a neoclassical style, the influence of jazz is also evident; overall a natural melodicism prevails.
He is an improvisation enthusiast, avid continuo harpsichordist and advocate of the study of partimento. He cites his performing and improvisation experience as having had a strong impact on his compositional processes.
McKay’s music has been performed in Australia and the United States, by performers such as The Veridian Symphony, cellist Jia-Mo Chen, the Children's Choir of Chico, the Arcangelo Trio, pianists Roger Woodward and Jeannell Carrigan and soprano Sharon Shelton.
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