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Melbourne Symphony Orchestra announces Ade Vincent as Cybec Young Composer in Residence

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The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra today announced Ade Vincent as its Cybec Young Composer in Residence, a new year-long program unique to the MSO providing artists and musicians with opportunities to innovate and create contemporary classical works.

‘It is a huge honour and privilege to be the first recipient of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Young Composer in Residence program. I am very grateful to Roger Riordan and the directors of The Cybec Foundation for their generosity, and to the MSO for their support and encouragement. The scope of development opportunities that this program will provide is enormous – commissions, mentorship and more – I can’t wait to begin,’ said Mr Vincent.

The Cybec Young Composer in Residence program is supported by Roger Riordan and the Cybec Foundation. From 2017 a young composer will be selected from the MSO’s annual Cybec 21st Century Composers concert and invited to spend the following year with the MSO, who will commission the composer to write for the orchestra.

Along with the newly created Cybec Assistant Conductor position (announced early 2017), the Cybec Young Composer in Residence is a new initiative which is designed to benefit young emerging artists through hands-on, in-depth professional development opportunities.

MSO Managing Director Sophie Galaise said this program was an important stepping stone in the career pathway for emerging Australian composers.

‘We are honoured to welcome Ade Vincent to the MSO’s artistic family. We look forward to working with Ade on creating new works for the MSO, delivering exciting new music to our audiences and showcasing the best in Australian contemporary classical music. As Melbourne’s orchestra we have a commitment to develop the classical art form and promote Australian new music,’ said Ms Galaise.

Over the course of 12 months, Ade Vincent will attend rehearsals and work alongside MSO musicians and administrative staff to become familiar with the orchestral art form, various venue acoustics, scoring and program development. Two new works will be created by Ade, to be mentored, workshopped and performed by the MSO.

Ade Vincent joins Tianyi Lu, MSO’s new Cybec Assistant Conductor as the orchestra’s latest additions to its artistic team.

When not performing in his band The Tiger & Me, Ade Vincent teaches composition at the University of Melbourne and the Victorian College of the Arts. He writes art music for the concert hall and his compositions have been heard across television, radio and cinema.

Ade commences his role as Cybec Young Composer in Residence in July 2017 with his two commissioned works to be performed by the MSO in its 2018 season.

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