Melody Eötvös



Join with me to create a new composition for string quartet and voice, celebrating the incredible French sculptor, Camille Claudel (1864 – 1943).

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This project proposes to fund the creation of a work for string quartet and mezzosoprano of significant length (15-20 minutes). The project began with an idea to create a work that would complement American composer Jake Heggie’s “Camille Claudel: Into the Fire”.

This new work could be programmed both independently or alongside “Into the Fire” by Jake Heggie, bringing a different perspective, and perhaps representing a different take on Claudel (1864 – 1943) with a focus on the more uplifting or mysterious elements, outcomes, and influences of her existence. Like so many accomplished women, Claudel battled for acceptance not only of her free lifestyle, but also for recognition of her true stature in a male dominated artists’ world. It is known that Claudel had a friendship with Debussy and this is one element currently being explored, along with other Belle Epoque influences. Indeed, the Debussy string quartet has often been programmed alongside “Into the Fire”.

A major figure in the French Belle Epoque, sculptor Camille Claudel was a unique and powerful force, championing women’s roles in both society and the arts. Ultimately a tragic figure, this project proposes to consider the woman herself and her internal compass, reflecting on her genius, her inherent qualities as an artist and woman rather than the emotional struggles which seem to be embodied in her sculptures.

This collaboration will bring together the Flinders Quartet and mezzo-soprano Ashlyn Tymms in workshopping and presenting the world premiere performance of a significant new work by Melbourne-based composer Melody Eötvös.

Donations will go towards the composer and artists fees, workshopping, the premiere performance, and potentially assist with libretto development of the new work, depending on the level of funding received.

This commission will be a greatly needed addition to the string quartet and voice repertoire, and will celebrate the diversity and innovation in contemporary Australian music.

Thank you for your generosity in supporting new Australian music.


Melody Eötvös





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Born in the Southern Highlands, NSW, Australia, I studied piano and music theory with my parent’s and at the age of eight began learning the cello which inspired my first experimentations in composition.

I attended the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University, studying composition with Dr. Gerardo Dirié, completing my bachelor of music in composition with honors.

My most recent projects include the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation Orchestral Commission administered by the League of American Orchestras & the EarShot Foundation (world premiere: Carnegie Hall October 23rd 2015), the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra International Composition Competition (2016), and finalist in the orchestral category for the Art Music Awards (Australia). I have participated in numerous festivals and workshops internationally, most recently as a composer in residence with the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in Santa Cruz (2019).

Commissions in 2020 include The Philadelphia Orchestra (USA), The Australian Chamber Orchestra, and the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra (USA). I am a Lecturer in Composition and Aural Studies at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.


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