1 November 2010

For Brazilian-born Henrique Dib, five years of studying for a degree in a foreign country is now paying-off within one year of him becoming a professional composer.

Before arriving in Sydney in 2004 as an international student at The Con, Dib was an experienced pianist, from classical to popular, but had no formal training in writing music.

Now, after achieving first class honours and winning the University of Sydney Medal, the happy conversion to composing musician sees him vying for a prestigious Australian award for best music for children's television.

"It has been a whirlwind time in Australia…just so much has happened, especially in the past two years," comments Henrique, who is now in the process of gaining permanent residency.

Part of the whirlwind is receiving a nomination in the 2010 APRA Screen Music Awards for his soundtrack for the TV animation "The Buffet of Life." The award winners will be announced in Melbourne on 9 November.

Dib is not new to winning plaudits - during his time at The Con he earned 11 composition scholarships. Last year he gained credits for his compositions for several major commercials, short and feature films and concert performances both here and overseas.

"I owe Australia so much for the opportunities provided; and love the fact that I keep getting better and faster at what I do. Musical ideas simply come to me all the time…I feel lucky to be able to write music everyday and get paid for it!" he adds.

"Who would have thought that six years after arriving solo from Brazil that I would be looking at my name on the list of potential winners of an APRA award? It's just amazing…to see my name there beside some of the great Aussie exponents in their fields!"

Dean and Principal, Professor Kim Walker, said: "Henrique showed during his time at The Con that he was capable of anything, he was so committed to his craft.

"We congratulate him on the career he is carving out and gaining this APRA nomination is surely just the beginning of bigger things."

At his high-tech inner City studio, Dib has added writing soundtracks for video games to his growing specialties of composer and designer for film and TV.

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