Australian composer Barry Conyngham studied with Peter Sculthorpe and in Japan with Toru Takemitsu. He is Emeritus Professor from both the University of Wollongong and Southern Cross University, and President of the latter (1994-2000). He is also the first musician to hold the Chair of Australian Studies at Harvard University (2000-2001). He has been a Churchill, Harkness and Fulbright Fellowship holder and in 1997 he became a Member of the Order of Australia.
With premieres and performances of his works in Japan, North and South America, Europe, UK and Australia, Conyngham is a distinguished Australian international composer. He has over eighty published works and over thirty recordings including those by the London, New Zealand, Sydney and Melbourne Symphany Orchestras, as well as ensembles from Japan, UK, Europe, America and Australia.
Premieres in the last few years include the orchestral work Cala Tuent
(2008) in Spain, Australia and Hong Kong, and the double bass concerto Kangaroo Island
(2009) in the United States. 2011 saw premieres of Fallingwater
for two bassoons and orchestra, Showboat Kalang
for the Australia Ensemble and Gardener of Time
a special tribute to conductor Hiroyuki Iwaki for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. In Novemebr 2012, his first symphony, commissioned by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra was premiered in the Sydney Opera House.
In 2014 DrySpell...Deluge
was premiered in Vienna by Ensemble Reconsil. This was followed in the same year by the premeire of Anzac, a large work reflecting on war and national character, written for Ten Soloists and Orchestra. Two new works have premiered in 2015, Time and Table
a work for Piano Trio and Choral Ensemble, and Gathering
for 8-24 cellos.