Andrian Pertout: Composer “As composer, my curiosity for the ‘novel’ has always led me on a path of discovery; seeking the unusual, and the unconventional in order to nurture not only my artistic practice but my growth as an individual – remaining always true to myself, and completely open to the possibilities.  This is what keeps me excited about music and music composition.  It is this philosophy of a total freedom to explore the actual compositional process that has led me on a path to the adoption of ‘novel’ ideas, such as the connections between mathematics, science and music...”

Andrián Pertout was born in Santiago, Chile, 17 October, 1963, and lived in Gorizia, Northern Italy for several years before finally settling in Melbourne, Australia in 1972. In 2007, he completed a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree at the University of Melbourne on Tweddle Trust, Australian Postgraduate and Melbourne Research scholarships, studying composition under the guidance of Brenton Broadstock. Composition awards include the Boston Metro Opera ‘Mainstage Award’ (USA), Jean Bogan Prize, ‘John Cage Centennial’ Wolf Museum of Music and Art Composition Prize (USA), Friends & Enemies of New Music Composition Prize (USA), International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition (Greece), UnTwelve Composition Prize (USA), Dorian Le Gallienne Composition Prize, Betty Amsden Award, Louisville Orchestra Prize (USA), Veridian Symphony Orchestra Prize (USA), APRA Award for Orchestral Composition, Oare String Orchestra Judges’ and Audience Prize (UK), Michelle Morrow Memorial Award, and the Zavod Jazz/Classical Fusion Award. He is currently the Vice-President of the Melbourne Composers’ League (MCL), Australian Delegate of the Asian Composers’ League (ACL), and was Honorary Fellow at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne (2008-2015), and President of the Melbourne Composers’ League (2009-2013, 2017-2021). As well as being a freelance composer, he additionally works as composition lecturer, teacher, supervisor and examiner at various institutions at Bachelor, Masters and PhD levels. In 2019, he was Visiting Professor at Aichi Prefectural University of the Arts between April and July (Nagakute, Aichi Prefecture, Japan).

Andrián’s music has received performances at festivals such as the ISCM World Music Days 2005, 2007 and 2010 (Croatia, Hong Kong and Australia), 33e Festival d’Automne á Paris (Paris, France), and the 22nd, 26th, 27th, 30th, 31st, 32nd, 33rd and 34th ACL Conference & Festival 2002, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 (Korea, New Zealand, Israel, Singapore, Japan, Philippines and Vietnam). His music has also been performed in more than fifty countries by orchestras, ensembles and performers that include the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, The Louisville Orchestra (USA), Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra (Israel), Orquestra Petrobrás Sinfônica (Brazil), Auckland Chamber Orchestra (New Zealand), Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra (Russia), Uzbekistan National Symphony Orchestra (Uzbekistan), Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México (Mexico), Vietnam National Opera and Theatre Choir and National Symphony Orchestra (Vietnam), Sun Symphony Orchestra (Vietnam), Orquestra Cia Bachiana Brasileira (Brazil), Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico), The Foundation Orchestra (USA), Veridian Symphony Orchestra (USA), Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Chile (Chile) Orquesta Sinfónica de Concepción and La Serena (Chile), Orquesta Marga Marga (Chile), Orquesta de Cámara de Chile and Valdivia (Chile), Logos Foundation Robot Orchestra (Belgium), University of Hong Kong Gamelan Orchestra (China), La Chapelle Musicale de Tournai (Belgium), Oare String Orchestra (UK), Noah Getz (USA), Phyllis Chen (USA), Michael Kieran Harvey (Australia), Ónix Ensamble (Mexico), Ensamble Contemporáneo (Chile), Ensemble MD7 (Slovenia), Quinteto CEAMC (Argentina), Sonemus Ensemble (Bosnia-Herzegovina), Ensemble TIMF (Korea), Omni Ensemble (USA), and the Ensemble für Neue Musik Zürich (Switzerland).

He has received numerous commissions, including orchestral works commissioned by Julian Burnside AO QC for performance by the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar de Venezuela (Venezuela) and Australian Discovery Orchestra (Australia); orchestral commissions by conductor Rodolfo Fischer (Switzerland); the Orquesta Sinfónica de La Serena (Chile), Orquesta Marga Marga (Chile), Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Chile as a homenaje to Enrique Soro, and the 14th ‘Europe-Asia’ International Festival of New Music for performance by the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra (Russia); a Concertino-Doppio for alto saxophone, harp and string orchestra commissioned by the American Harp Society, Inc. New York, NY (USA), the ‘Compulsory Chilean Work to be Performed by all Competitors’ of the 2011 Concurso Internacional de Ejecución Musical ‘Dr. Luis Sigall’ (Chile), a new solo work for Paris-based pianist María Paz Santibañez (France), and a work for robot orchestra incorporating thirty-seven automats for the Logos Foundation Robot Orchestra (Belgium); as well as other works commissioned by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (Australia), Victoria Chorale (Australia), Art of Sound Orchestra (Australia), Australasian Orchestra (Australia), Orquesta de Cámara de Valdivia (Chile), saxophonist Noah Getz (USA), toy pianist Phyllis Chen (USA), Ensemble MD7 (Slovenia), and the City of Melbourne (Australia) for the 2007 ‘Melbourne Town Hall Organ Project’. Julian Burnside AO QC has additionally commissioned several works for performance by the University of Hong Kong Gamelan Orchestra, Australian pianist Michael Kieran Harvey, Australian clarinettist Richard Rourke, American ‘low flutes’ specialist Peter Sheridan, Italian flautist Pietro Doronzo, and Melbourne ensemble Plexus. Film Music commissions include works that have been written to accompany over thirty documentary and short films, television programs, as well as commercials, computer games and stage productions. Highlights of this part of Pertout’s career include composing for documentary films such as East Meets West (1984), Ibrahim (1984), The Murray River Quest (1985), Hope Street (1987), The Australian Ballet (1990), Tunnel Vision (2016), and Danzantes (2017).

Extended Biography in English and Spanish

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Chilean Music Lived its National Holidays in a Big Way with the National Symphony Orchestra: “...Already the opening was totally auspicious, ‘Air for Soro, for Symphony Orchestra, no. 447’ (world premiere), short but vigorous and overwhelming piece. A revisited and deconstructed cueca, by the Chilean composer Andrián Pertout (1963), a very energetic work with great orchestration, where, above all, the percussion and the strings were highlighted with much clarity. Of marked contemporary accent that nonetheless filters the sound of our traditional dance of very clear and unequivocal form. A piece of rich texture that makes us revalue the symphonic possibilities of the cueca, flying here towards classic horizons. In a certain way, it led me to evoke, for example, what the maestro Astor Piazzolla did with tango, in the sense of opening, expanding and projecting all the possibilities of a popular musical rhythm towards the learned…” José Luis Arredondo. “La música chilena vivió a lo grande sus Fiestas Patrias con la Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional.” Toda la Cultura: El blog de Tuiteros Cultura: Tuiteroscultura. 14 Sep. 2018. <https://tuiteroscultura.com/2018/09/17/la-musica-chilena-vivio-a-lo-grande-sus-fiestas-patrias-con-la-orquesta-sinfonica-nacional/>.

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Entropia for Symphony Orchestra, no. 441 (2016-2017)
Performance by the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra at the 14th ‘Europe-Asia’ International Festival of New Music, 27-30 September, 2017, Kazan, Tatarstan, Russian Federation
Recorded live at Saydashev Grand Concert Hall, Kazan, Tatarstan, Russian Federation, Saturday, 30 September, 2017
Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Guerassim Voronkov



Andrián Pertout: Southern Light (A Film by Ivan Hexter)
A documentary film about Luz meridional, Twenty-four Études for Pianoforte, no. 411 (2009-2012)
Including performances as part of ‘Michael Kieran Harvey presents Andrián Pertout’s Luz meridional, Twenty-four Études for Pianoforte, no. 411 (2009-2012)’
Recorded live at the Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre, Southbank, Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, 5 August, 2017



Aristotle’s Rhetoric, No. 7, Envy and Emulation, Suite for Orchestra, no. 380 (2002, Rev. 2016)
Performance by the Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile at the XVII Festival Internacional de Música Contemporánea 2017, 16-20 January, 2017
Recorded live at Teatro Universidad de Chile, Providencia, Santiago, Chile, Friday, 20 January, 2017
Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile conducted by Vicente Larrañaga



Angustam Amice for A Capella Choir (SSAATTBB), no. 428b (2014-2015, Rev. 2016)
Performance at The Astra Choir ‘Memories for Forgetfulness’ Concert
Recorded live at the Church of All Nations, Carlton, Melbourne, Australia, 3 December, 2017
The Astra Choir conducted by John McCaughey



TV Brasil / A Grande Música: Andrián Pertout / Programa 214
Bénédiction d’un conquérant for Symphony Orchestra, no. 390 (2004)
Recorded live at Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 27 July, 2006
Orquestra Petrobras Sinfônica conducted by Rodolfo Fischer



Riesenschritte for Alto Saxophone, Pianoforte, Contrabass, Jazz Drum Set and Tape, no. 402g (2008, Rev. 2014)
Recorded on 18 January, 2015 by Bob Dawson at Bias Studios, Washington, DC, USA
Mastered on 9 April, 2015 by Michael Costa, Melbourne, Australia
Noah Getz – alto saxophone; Jeffrey Chappell – pianoforte;
Richard Barber – bass; Lee Hinkle – drums



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