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Christopher Healey

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BMus(HONS I), Current PhD Student (Composition)

Christopher Healey
...has enjoyed a great start to a promising career as a young, emerging composer of art music. He completed his Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University under the tutelage of Gerard Brophy, receiving the Alan Lane and A.G. Francis prizes for his compositions. In 2011, Chris attended the International Youth Leadership Forum in Prague as a delegate for Griffith University’s ‘Honours College’.

Chris continued his studies in 2013 at the University of Queensland, where he completed his Honours Year with Dr. Robert Davidson and was award First Class Honours and the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence. He has since been accepted into the University of Queensland’s PhD Program in Music Composition, receiving an Australian Postgraduate Award for the duration of his studies.

Despite being a young composer, Chris has been commissioned by The Brisbane City Council (for its Street Reads Project), Camerata of St John’s, The Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra, by Saxophonist Emma Di Marco, twice by renowned Australian-American conductor Dobbs Franks. He has also been invited to write works for The Sounding Out Composer’s Collective, Ensemble Fabrique, Bricolage Percussion Duo, ANAM Percussion Department, Royal IV Quartet and many others.


Chris’ music has been performed throughout Australia as well as in Paris and Holland, where his Sonata for Saxophone and Piano was premiered live on Holland’s Radio National service. Chris’ work Matrix for Ensemble Fabrique was also recorded and Broadcast by the ABC.


Aside from composing, in 2011/2012, Chris created the Dare CD Project, which raised several thousand dollars via Pozible to create a CD of music by emerging Brisbane composers and in 2013, Chris spent six months as an intern with the Sydney-Based arts company, Chronology Arts.

Musically, Chris’s works are hard to pin down and can evoke a wide variety of atmosphere’s, although many admittedly have diabolical or sinister undercurrents. His musical influences include early 20th century composers like Stravinsky, Debussy and Ravel, later composers such as Ligeti, Bartok and Takemitsu and living composers like Carl Vine, George Crumb, Gerard Brophy, Brian Howard, Lowell Liebermann, Michael Gandolfi and many others.

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Upcoming works include a Triple Concerto (Flute, Piano and Percussion), a short work for string quartet, a two piano work for the Australian Piano Duo Festival, and many others!

These details were last updated on May 12, 2016

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