Gordon Kerry’s recent compositions include ‘Snow White and other Grimm Tales’ (with libretto by John Kinsella) for Opera Scholars Australia, new works for Musica Viva Australia (whose featured composer he was in 2012), Syzygy Ensemble, Plexus, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra and ANAM.
He held the Ian Potter Established Composer Fellowship in 2009-2011, composing new pieces for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Bendigo Symphony and the opera ‘Midnight Son’ (with Louis Nowra) for Victorian Opera. His first opera, ‘Medea’ (with Justin Macdonnell) for Chamber Made has been staged on three continents.
He has composed numerous works of chamber music, concertos and other symphonic works for ensembles in Australia and Europe, as well as songs and solo instrumental music, and choral works including an Australian completion of Mozart’s Requiem for the ABC in 2006.
He has held several residencies, most recently with the Australian National Academy of Music.
He lives in northeastern Victoria and has worked with music organisations there and in other non-metropolitan regions. He writes extensively about music, notably in his book ‘New Classical Music: Composing Australia’ (UNSW Press).