Connor D’Netto is a composer of contemporary classical music, described as “the model contemporary Australian composer” by ABC Classic FM.
Throughout his works, Connor balances driving rhythmic elements, heartfelt lyrical expression drawn from his performance experience as a classically trained singer, a lushly textural approach to orchestration, and the delicate incorporation of electronic music elements. Connor’s music has been commissioned across Australia and abroad, including by ensembles such the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian String Quartet, New York based groups including Bang On A Can, Chromic Duo and panSonus, and performers including Katie Noonan, Karin Schaupp and Claire Edwardes.
In 2019, Connor was Composer-In-Residence of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, youngest in the Festival’s history. He has also held residencies and fellowships with New York collective Bang On A Can and with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Connor has been awarded prizes including an APRA Art Music Fund Award, Australian New Works Award, and a Brisbane Arts and Cultural Innovation Award.
Connor is the Associate Director of Dots+Loops, Australia’s post-genre music and arts series, creating spaces to transcend the barriers that divide genres, artforms, and communities. He was the artistic director and co-founder of the contemporary classical concert series Argo, for which he was shortlisted as a finalist in the “Excellence by an Individual” category of the 2018 APRA AMCOS Art Music Awards.
Connor completed his Masters of Music at the Royal College of Music in London. He is a Tait Trust Scholar at the Royal College of Music, with his studies further supported by the Australian Music Foundation Award, Brisbane City Council Lord Mayor’s Young and Emerging Artists Fellowship, Tait Performing Arts Association, Churchie Foundation, The Julian Baring Award and by the Big Give Campaign at RCM. Connor holds a Bachelor of Music (Honours, First-Class) from the University of Queensland.