PC Jason Thorpe-Buchanan 2017
PC Jason Thorpe-Buchanan 2017
PC Jason Thorpe-Buchanan 2017

Lisa Cheney (b.1987) is an Australian composer of acoustic and acousmatic music, hailing from Queensland and now living in Melbourne. Her music communicates through varied styles which often explore notions of connection and authenticity through fascinations with the 'edge' of beauty; expression, poeticism, fragility, delicacy, resonant space, pacing, light and dark and atmospheric soundscapes. Cheney's work has been described as 'atmospheres of unfathomable spaciousness' (Partial Durations), 'melodic slivers with plaintive intensity' (The Australian) and 'fantastic and frightening in its detail and colour' (Resonate). Her body of work incorporates orchestra, chamber, voice, acousmatic collaborations, arrangements and works for theatre and ballet.


Cheney has received several accolades, including grants from the Australia-Korea Foundation, the 2017 Art Music Fund, the Griffith University Owen Fletcher Postgraduate Award the Silver Harris and Jeff Peck Composition Prize. Her music has been commissioned and performed by The Southern Cross Soloists, The Australian Voices, Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, Plexus, Syzygy, Sydney Antiphony, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Ballet amongst others.


She has participated as a student and fellow at the 2010 Atlantic Music Festival (Maine, USA), 2012 Australian Youth Orchestra National Music Camp, 2013 Brevard Music Centre Institute (North Carolina, USA), 2013 Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Cybec 21st Century Composers' Program, 2015 Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra's Composers' School, 2016 Yale Norfolk New Music Workshop (Connecticut, USA) and 2017 VIPA Festival and Academy (Valencia, Spain). Her work 'The Pool and the Star' written as part of the MSO Cybec Program, was selected by the MSO for performance at the Metropolis New Music Festival under the baton of Finnish maestro Olli Mustonen.


Cheney holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition and Master of Music from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music where she studied with Gerard Brophy and Dr. Gerardo Dirie respectively. Her research in to the early career experiences of female composers in Australia was supervised by Dr. Brydie-Leigh Bartleet. She is currently completing a PhD in Music at The University of Melbourne, supervised by Dr. Elliott Gyger and Dr. Katy Abbott-Kvasnica.


Cheney's passion for championing new music can be seen in her role as co-founder of 'Making Waves' and an executive producer of the Making Conversation: Australian Composers' Podcast. In 2017 she was named the Victorian Young Achiever of the Year for the Arts. Thanks to the support of the APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund Award, she is currently working on a new opera for children based on Edward Lear's nonsense poem, The Owl and the Pussycat scheduled to premiere on the Gold Coast, Queensland in April 2018.


Throughout 2017 she will have works performed by the Australian Discovery Orchestra, Joseph Rebman (harp), Johnathan Henderson (flute) and the Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra.


Lisa Cheney is available to consider commissions and collaborations. Orders for scores and personal contact can be made through e-mail - Select scores are available for purchase through the Australian Music Centre.  

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