Peggy Polias
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Peggy Polias is a composer and music typesetter based in Sydney. Polias prepares scores, instrumental parts and other print music materials for some of Australia’s leading composers. In 2010 she graduated with a Master of Music (Composition), supervised by Professor Anne Boyd at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Polias has had works performed and workshopped by Kammerklang, Ku-Ring-Gai Philharmonic Orchestra, Halcyon, Chronology Arts, and at the Australian Youth Orchestra National Music Camp and Canberra International Music Festival. She is an Associate Represented Artist with the Australian Music Centre.

In 2015 recordings of her works Electro Fractal Gamelan (2011) and Phlogiston (2014) were released on the digital album BETA by Kammerklang. 2015 has also seen the commencement of a collaboration with composer Lisa Cheney on the project Making Waves, an online listening project focusing on early-career Australian composers.

Polias explores the influences of Javanese Gamelan, minimalism, feminism, fractals and handicrafts in her music, and takes a keen interest in the possibilities for music in the online space.

Composition Highlights

Awarded the inaugural Peter Sculthorpe Music Fellowship, October 2015, to undertake a program of composing, recording and professional development in 2016.

Hanging Rock (2011) for orchestra. Composed for Ku-Ring-Gai Philharmonic Orchestra Composer Workshops, Sydney, November – December 2011.

Digital Lullaby (2011) for mezzo-soprano, clarinet, cello, harp. Composed for Halcyon’s First Stones programme, Sydney, 2011.

Attended Australian Youth Orchestra National Music Camp, Canberra, January 2010.

2008-2009 University of Sydney Postgraduate Award for M.Music (Composition) studies.

Artist residency at Bundanon, South Coast NSW, October 2008.

The Moon (2007) for 11 instruments. Joint winner of the 2007 Fellowship of Australian Composers/University of Sydney Women’s Composer Award.

Stitch (2007) for solo piano. Composed as prize-winner of the Canberra International Music Festival Young Composers Competition, premiered by Lisa Moore, May 2007.