19 August 2016
Congratulations to the outstanding Victorian artists and organisations that took home prizes from the 2016 Art Music Awards this week.
The long and distinguished career of Helen Gifford OAM was recognised with a Distinguished Services to Australian Music Award this year. Born in Hawthorn, Helen obtained a Bachelor of Music at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium in 1958 and has worked extensively with both the Melbourne Theatre Company and Opera Australia.
The Victorian State Award went to Elliott Gyger, who won in the Orchestral Work of the Year category for From Joyous Leaves, while the Jazz Work of the Year was awarded to Paul Grabowsky and the Young Wägilak Group for Nyilipidgi, performed by Grabowsky, the Young Wägilak Group and the Monash Art Ensemble.
Semaphore by Victorian composer Kate Neal won both Instrumental Work of the Year and Performance of the Year for the stirring delivery by the Semaphore band and dancers.
Finally, Victoria's Speak Percussion took the Award for Excellence in Experimental Music for the entirety of its 2015 Music program.
The yearly Art Music Awards are presented by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and the Australian Music Centre to recognise extraordinary achievements and creative successes of Australian composers, performers and educators in the genres of contemporary art music, jazz and experimental music.