Australian composer Nicole Murphy (b. 1983) is the recipient of various awards, including the Theodore Front International Orchestral Prize (2013), the Definiens C3 International Composer’s Award (2011), the Alan Lane Award for Composition (2004), the Collusion/QCGU Composition Prize (2004), and the A.G. Francis Prize for Composition (2001). Her music has been performed at festivals in various countries, including the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (Connecticut, USA), the 30th Asian Contemporary Music Festival (Tel Aviv, Israel), the Gamper Contemporary Music Festival (Maine, USA), the Soundstream New Music Festival (Adelaide, Australia), the Dallas Festival of Modern Music (Texas, USA) and the Atlantic Music Festival (Maine, USA).
Nicole has been commissioned by eminent arts organisations including the Australian Ballet, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Wild Rumpus (San Francisco), Chamber Sounds (Singapore) and the Definiens Project (Los Angeles). Her music has been performed by ensembles such as the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Ars Nova (Dallas), Halcyon (Sydney), Soundstream (Adelaide) and Chronology Arts (Sydney).
Nicole completed her Master of Music degree at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in 2011, under the tutelage of Dr. Gerardo Dirié. During her undergraduate degree she studied under Gerard Brophy, graduating in 2004 with a Bachelor of Music (Composition) with First Class Honours. She is represented as an Associate Artist by the Australian Music Centre and holds the position of Composer-in-Residence at the Queensland Academy for Creative Industries. She is currently completing a PhD at the University of Queensland.
“Nicole Murphy’s Temple Bell was an exquisite place to start; voices integrated seamlessly into the musical texture, with words coming after, all building to delicate denouement”. Sydney Morning Sydney Morning Herald, 21 November 2011
“Timothy Harbour’s Eve with music by Nicole Murphy shows how strong and sensitive that partnership between choreographer and composer can be”.
Sydney Morning Herald, 3-4 June 2006