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G’day! My name is Matthew Orlovich. I’m a freelance composer based in Sydney, Australia. I compose music for solo instrumentalists, large and small ensembles, choirs, bands and orchestras.

I studied music composition at the University of Sydney under the supervision of Associate Professor Eric Gross and Professor Peter Sculthorpe and graduated with the Degrees of Bachelor of Music (1st Class Hons and University Medal) and PhD.

During the ’90’s, I was awarded several prizes for my compositions, including High Commendation in the 1991 2MBS-FM Young Composer’s Award, the Jean Bogan Memorial Prize in 1994 and the ABC Orchestral Composers’ Award in 1995.

I completed my first commissioned score in 1996 – an a cappella choral setting entitled The Listening Land for The Australian Voices in Brisbane – and since then, I’ve completed several dozen commissions for performing artists in Australia and overseas.

My compositions have received performances in various venues around the world, including…

  • Sydney Opera House, (Australia)
  • Steinway Hall (New York, NY, USA)
  • Banff Center for the Arts (Canada)
  • Golden Hall Musikverein (Vienna)
  • National Concert Hall (Taipei, Taiwan)
  • Wigmore Hall, (London, UK)
  • Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts (PRC)
  • World Expo (Milan, Italy)
  • International music symposia & congresses in the United States of America, United Kingdom and France.
  • All-State Honor Choir festivals (USA)
  • Contrasti Festival (Trento, Italy)
  • Plus broadcasts on ABC Classic FM (Australia), BBC Radio 3 (UK), US cable networks, MBS network (Australia) and assorted streaming services.

Premieres & performances by Australian and international artists, including…

BBC Singers • San Francisco State University Chamber Singers • Sydney Philharmonia • The Choir of London • Scottish Chamber Orchestra • The Grevillea Ensemble • The Australian Voices • The Song Company • United States Navy Band • RompDuo • The Harvard University Choir • Australian Intervarsity Choral Festival Choir • Grainger Wind Symphony • The Hunter Singers • Translucent Duo • Concordis Chamber Choir • Zurich New Music Ensemble • Anhinga PianoSAX Duo • Oriana Chorale • Joubert Singers • Gondwana Chorale • St Peters Chorale • Da Capo Singers • Sydney Conservatorium Chamber Choir • Sydney Symphony Orchestra • Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra • Heterodyne Duo • Plus many more…

Jérôme Laran, Saxophone soloist
(Paris, France).

In 2010, I composed my first concerto, Flying Colours (for alto saxophone and band) for premiere performance at the 34th International Saxophone Symposium in Washington D.C., with soloist Barry Cockcroft (alto sax) and the United States Navy Band, conducted by Captain Brian O. Walden.

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The US Navy Band’s recent CD (“Derivations”) includes a performance of the work featuring Musician First Class Jonathan Yanik.

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The concerto received its European premiere in 2015 at the “Festival Internacional Saxofone” in Braga, Portugal, in addition to its French premiere at the XVII World Saxophone Congress in Strasbourg, featuring Parisian soloist Jérôme Laran (pictured) with the Bavarian Police Orchestra (Polizeiorchester Bayern), conducted by Professor Johann Mösenbichler.

flag-of-PortugalIn July 2016, Flying Colours was performed by Hélder Alves (soloist) with Banda da Armada Portuguesa, dir. by Délio Gonçalves @ Festival Internacional de Saxofone de Palmela, Portugal.

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My concerto entitled Carnival Capers (for soprano saxophone and orchestra, 2012), was commissioned for world premiere performance at the 16th World Saxophone Congress in St Andrews, Scotland, featuring Barry Cockcroft (soloist) with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Clark Rundell (pictured).

I composed my third saxophone concerto (entitled Escapade – for saxophone and bandupon the request of soloist Jérôme Laran, for performance on 30 April, 2016 @ Grande Halle, L’Union, France. This work shines the spotlight on the alto saxophone during Movement I & III, and soprano saxophone during Movement II.

World Premiere – Escapade (for saxophone and band)
Escapade – Concerto for saxophone & band
by Matthew Orlovich.
World Premiere 30 April, 2016 @ Grande Halle, L’Union, France.
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Jérôme Laran (saxophone) & Matthew Orlovich (composer) avec L’orchestre d’harmonie H2O.

Recent and upcoming additions to my catalogue include…

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A concertino for alto saxophone and saxophone orchestra, commissioned by the Canberra Symphony Orchestra especially for performance by SCM Saxophone Orchestra directed by Michael Duke at the 2018 Australian Series, held at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, ACT, Australia.

A new arrangement of one of my best-sellers: Crazy Logic (originally for alto saxophone and piano) will soon make its debut in a new scoring for electric harp and bass clarinet, performed by the fantastic Duo Imaginaire (Hagen, Germany).

flag-of-AustraliaCommissioned by Brisbane Chamber Choir for world premiere performance upon the occasion of the choir’s 20th anniversary, Calm the Waves of this Heart (for SATB choir and saxophone) is a setting of Søren Kierkegaarde’s prayer for peace. Performed by Brisbane Chamber Choir, directed by Graeme Morton AM with soloist, Diana Tolmie (soprano saxophone) @ St John’s Anglican Cathedral, Brisbane, QLD, Australia on 12 August, 2017.

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Sonnet, to the Comet of 1825 (for a cappella SATB choir) receives its world premiere on 20 September, 2017 performed by The Burgundian Consort @ The John Clancy Auditorium, UNSW, Kensington, NSW, Australia. This new work is the inaugural winner of the national Willgoss Choral Composition Prize.

flag-of-AustraliaA new work entitled Slipstream (for saxophone quartet) composed at the invitation of Nexas Quartet (Sydney, Australia) received its world premiere on 29 November, 2016 @ the Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House. A CD was also launched on the night! Recent subsequent performances include the QLD premiere of the work at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music, Townsville. (more info)

flag-of-FranceA new concerto entitled Escapade for soprano + alto saxophone with band, for world premiere performance in 2016 by Jérôme Laran (soloist) with L’orchestre d’harmonie H2O, France.

flag-of-AustraliaA new work entitled Hurly Burly (for soprano saxophone and piano) commissioned by Sydney-based saxophonist, Simon Watts for world premiere performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2015.

flag-of-United-States-of-AmericaA festive setting of Mary C. Shafer’s poem, “Christmastide“. Scored for a cappella SATB choir, this composition was commissioned by Acappellago, a choir based in the western suburbs of Chicago, USA, for premiere performance in December 2015.

flag-of-GermanyA new arrangement of “Whirled Music” scored for clarinet and harp, for premiere performance by Duo Imaginaire (Germany).

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