Connor D'Netto


Argo 2017 Concert Season

Brisbane-based concert series and collective Argo will return in 2017 with a full concert season of immersive art music, featuring six new commissions by young Australian composers.

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Following on from the successes of the 2016, Argo will return in 2017 with a full concert season.

Each of the concerts presents contemporary and established classical music in collaboration with a different local ensemble, reinterpreting the works into single, seamless, continuously flowing programs. The programs focus on contemporary classical music, featuring seven newly commissioned works by emerging to mid-career Australian composers, and the Australian premiere of works by international contemporaries.

Our aim is to combat challenges facing classical music.

Argo presents canonical and contemporary art-music in immersive multi-sensory events that combine multiple artforms, taking classical music out of concert halls into unique/unusual spaces, and breaking down audience/performer divides, creating an inviting and social atmosphere, presented in a way which appeals to audiences that have and haven’t actively engaged with classical music alike.

In 2017, Argo will collaborate with an established local ensemble on each concert, as well as collaborating with local composers and a range of other artists from fields including electronic music, fine-art, film and live visuals, supporting a wide range on Brisbane’s world-class artistic talent.

Primary to Argo, which this funding would primarily support, is the commissioning of new artworks by young local artists. Each concert will feature at least one new commission by a local composer. Most exciting will be a concert-length work collaboratively written by a collective of composers, lead by Argo’s artistic director Connor D’Netto.

The full details of the season are coming soon, but it’s sure looking like an exciting season. So, get on board to support Brisbane’s vibrant art scene!


Connor D'Netto





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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.


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