28 January 2010

Eminent composer and The Con's Chair of Arts Music Unit, Matthew Hindson, is chuffed and squared-up at the same time thisweek.

After earning stellar reviews from English critics for his music for the ballet e=mc2 late last year, Hindson is sharing in the glory of a prestigious South Bank Show Award for the Royal Birmingham Ballet announced in London.

Hindson wrote e=mc2 as a flagship work for the Ballet's national British tour, and has been performed to sell-out audiences.

'The reviews for the Ballet have been very positive for many months, so that has of course been heartening, and better still is a South Bank Show award for best dance of 2009,' commented Hindson, who is Artistic Director for the ISCM World New Music Days and Aurora Festival in Sydney in May.

The Guardian newspaper referred to it as a 'thrillingly constructed work.' The Independent newspaper described it as 'a riveting orchestral score.' The Sunday Express called it 'one of the best pieces of new dance music this side of Stravinsky.'

The award will only add to Hindson's growing international profile.

Last year saw him take on the role of Composer in Residence at the high profile Cabrillo Festival in California, sharing a concert with music based on the Grateful Dead, while his new work for violin and piano, Maralinga, was premiered in the US and Canada.

At home, Hindson is now the Chair of the Music Board of the Australia Council and a driving force behind The Con's 101 Compositions for 100 Years project.

His latest piece, Crime and Punishment, is set to tour Australia in March with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Dean and Principal, Professor Kim Walker said: 'Matthew's leading profile in the international arena is a tribute to his creative inclusiveness, which he demonstrates as composer, administrator, teacher, friend and colleague. We are hugely supportive of his inspired profiles and successes.'

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