Matt Withers Australian Music Composition Competition 2018

Welcome to the

Matt Withers Australian Music Composition Competition

est. 2014.


2018 saw a collaboration with the illustrious Acacia Quartet with over $3,000 in cash prizes plus multiple performances and a studio recording licenced for release and digital distribution through ABC Classics.

Applicants were invited to submit an original musical composition based on the set of inspiration artworks ‘Stormy Seashore’ by Sue Needham for the quintet ensemble of string quartet and classical guitar.

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$2,000 First Prize Sponsored by Matt Withers

Wade Gregory with Water Music

Read all about the 2018 Competition with interview with Wade Gregory in this Limelight Magazine article.

$750 Second Prize

Sponsored by Walkin’ Promotions

Rick Alexander with Storming

$500 Emerging Composer U25

Sponsored by Rick Falkiner’s Guitar Centre

Nava Ryan with Solitude

The Matt Withers Australian Music Composition Competition is run biennially with the 2020 round announced towards the end of 2019.

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Inspiration art works: Stormy Seashore trilogy by Sue Needham.

Images are copyright and for use only to inspire and accompany the score. Not for any other personal or public reproduction.

Sue Needham Stormy Seashore© Trilogy Replica Prints and Gift Cards

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Recommended listening available on this Spotify playlist: Matt Withers Australian Music Composition Competition 2018 Inspiration

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