Current News and Events

Premiere performances in 2009-10

To the evening star song cycle for soprano and piano; Margaret Schindler and Stephen Emmerson, 14-16 August 2009, Bangalow Festival, NSW.

Magnificat for choir; Sydney Chamber Choir/Abbott, 6 September 2009, City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney.

Chamber Suite (from The Children’s Bach) for clarinet, violin, cello, percussion and piano; The Griffith Trio and Friends, 23 October 2009, Conservatorium Theatre, Brisbane.

Beach Burial (text, Kenneth Slessor) for choir and orchestra; Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and Orchestra/Weymark, 1 November 2009, Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House.

Stille Sprache – three songs for soprano, violin and piano Felicitas Fuchs, Aki Sauliere, Bernard Lanskey, 18 February 2010, La Loingtaine, Paris, France.

Quintet for clarinet and strings Paul Dean and the Australian String Quartet 18 August 2010, Bangalow Festival, NSW.


Andrew Schultz has been awarded the 2009 Paul Lowin Song Cycle Prize for To the evening star in a ceremony at the Sydney Opera House in November 2009.

The work had its premiere at the Bangalow Festival in August 2009 with soprano Margaret Schindler and pianist Stephen Emmerson. Two other works, After Nina and Endling, were also performed at the Festival.

The Children’s Bach received a nomination in the 2009 Helpmann Awards and four nominations in the Green Room Awards including the award for New Operatic Work.

Andrew was also awarded a Fellowship from the Australia Council for the Arts to compose eight chamber works over the period 2009-10.

CD Releases

Song of Songs/Song Company
The Song Company’s release has continued to garner great reviews. David Gygar writes, “ the whole CD is … a delicious hour of wallowing in the voluptousness of amorous verse impeccably sung. … It deserves a very wide listenership indeed.” (MCA Music Forum, Vol 15 August-October 2009.) Peter McCallum writes that the CD “represents one great mythical erotic encounter after another, each outstripping the previous in sensuous luxuriance.” (The Sydney Morning Herald, 11 November 2008). The Cd is now available on i-Tunes.

New Orchestral Music
ABC Classics have recorded three orchestral works by Andrew Schultz with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra/Mills for release in 2010.  As well as Endling and Once upon a time… the recording features Jennifer Pike in the Violin Concerto.

Some recent interviews and articles

Andrew Schultz writes about “Creativity and Crisis” in Resonate Magazine

Gretchen Miller interviews Andrew Schultz about music and spirituality on ABC Radio National’s Encounter program, “Art’s Heart” – listen on-line or download the audio

Ashleigh Wilson interviews Andrew Schultz about The Children’s Bachin The Australian

Annabel Dean interviews Andrew Schultz in Uniken, July-August 2009.

Other things…

Finally, Andrew Schultz has continued his connection with the educational world with the entire student group of MLC School Sydney performing his commission Ring Out, Wild Bells at the Sydney Opera House in June 2009. Andrew’s Ether Etude was the featured, commissioned work for MLC’s Australian Music Day, 2009.  Read more about the project and see the video diary with interviews.

Meanwhile in Brisbane, students  from years 1-7 at Sandgate State School have been inspired to create their own art by Collusion Ensemble’s performance of ‘The Twittering Machine’, the second movement from Barren Grounds (1988).