Associate Professor Mark Pollard is a composer, educator and curator whose research over 30 years spans a range of sound, cross-media and cross-genre areas. He has an eclectic compositional style utilising such diverse materials as, Improvisation, Jazz, Pop and the indigenous musics of South East Asia. His work has been released on nine compact discs including A Handful of Rain a collection of his ambient works. His music is broadcast and performed widely in Australia. Internationally his work has been included at many major festivals including the Warsaw Festival and the Tokyo Nova Festival. In 2003 he completed a Bass Clarinet Concerto for the brilliant Dutch performer Harry Sparnaay and in 2007 his Electric Guitar Concerto was premiered with critical acclaim at the final gala concert of the 2007 Darwin International Guitar Festival. His Beating the Rusty Nail for Violin and Piano was premiered at the 2008 Perth International Arts Festival and his Gunnai Dreaming was premiered at the 2009 Parliament of World Religions. Site-specific elements feature in many of his works. This has included Sounding the earth for the Melbourne Museum, Sounding out Andy for the National Gallery of Victoria, the drumming dunnies for The Port Fairy Spring Festival, and with every step for the Royal Melbourne Hospital. In 1983, he received one of the inaugural Jacobena Angliss Music Awards. In 1992 he received the Albert H. Maggs Composition Award and in 1993 The Spivokofsky Composition Prize. In 2001 he received one of the inaugural VCA Teaching Excellence Awards, in 2006 a VCA Incredible Colleague Award for outstanding contribution to the VCA community and in 2009 a University of Melbourne Universitas21 teaching Fellowship. In 2008 Mark received the AMC /APRA Classical Music State Award for long-term contribution to the Advancement of Australian Music. In 2011 Mark was an invited speaker at the Conference for Inter-disciplinary Musicology in Glasgow and guest composer in residence at
January 30, 2014 12:00 AM - February 2, 2014 12:00 AM
Classical Music State Award for Long term Contribution to the Advancement of Australian Music 2008 Universitas 21 Fellowship 2009 New Colombo Plan grant 2014 for project Resonating Spaces: Rarotonga New Colombo Plan grant 2015 for major project in Indonesia Special Studies Program Long grant 2016 to work on major projects in New York and Vancouver
Education and training
La Trobe University 1985
La Trobe University 1980
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Associate Professor Mark Pollard is a composer, educator and curator whose research over 30 years spans a range of sound, cross-media and cross-genre areas. He is broadly interested in collisions and fusions between art music and popular music as a process of reconstructing the familiar.