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Matt Withers Australian Music Composition Competition

Details for 2018 coming soon!

Inspiration work for the 2016 competition. ‘Forest‘ by Sue Needham Artist


The 2016 competition was open to all Australians to submit a work for solo guitar based on the inspiration artwork Forest by Sue Needham, with adjudication by the esteemed composer Dr Robert Davidson, Senior Lecturer in Composition at the University of Queensland.

Thanks to many generous sponsors, the prizes are valued at over $3,000! In 2016, the standard of all entries from right across Australia was very high and the variety of works & composition techniques based on the inspirational artwork was great to see.

Congratulations to all entrants for their incredible efforts and talent and best wishes for your musical futures!


First Place ($1000) & Emerging Composer U25 award ($250) sponsored by Matt Withers
James Mountain (Melbourne) – Between Tall Trees

Second Place ($500) sponsored by Canberra Classical Guitar Society
Kirsten Milenko (Sydney) – à l’aube

Third Place ($250) sponsored by Rick Falkiner Guitar Centre
Mitchell Newton (Blue Mountains) – Forest

The winning works were performed at a special concert at the National Arboretum, Canberra on Sunday November 13th.

The world premiere performance of Dr Robert Davidson’s new work, Forest, was also performed in this exciting concert. This new commission was made possible with the generous support of Bill McIntyre & Libby Hewson and Sydney’s Guitar Passion.

Media articles by CutCommon on The Importance of Competitions and James Mountain Emerges From Between Tall Trees and by Limelight Magazine James Mountain wins the Second Matt Withers Competition

Many thanks to the generous sponsors:

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Private Donors

Bill McIntyre & Libby Hewson

A special thanks to all the generous sponsors who have donated their time, resources and made financial contributions towards the Matt Withers Australian Music Composition Competition.

If you would like to support the ongoing creation of new music and support Australian composers, please contact me: info@mattwithers.com.au

Archives for 2014’s inaugural competition:

Congratulations to the winners of the inaugural competition in 2014

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