Ensemble Offspring is going to the 2018 Art Music Awards

Young blonde woman sits surrounded by instrumental ensemble and conductor.

The Australian Music Centre Art Music Awards will be held in Melbourne on 21 August. Ensemble Offspring is very pleased to have been named as a finalist in two categories, and we look forward to seeing all the great artists at the Awards being given recognition for their powerfully high standard of work.


Take a few minutes to enjoy Lisa Illean’s exquisite Cantor, selected as a 2018 Art Music Awards finalist for Instrumental Work of the Year. Cantor (after Willa Cather) was created with the generous support of the 2016 APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund, and was performed by Ensemble Offspring at Carriageworks in September 2017, in our Who Dreamed It concert. As part of our Year of Women Composers, Ensemble Offspring was instrumental in commissioning and premiering this exceptional work.

We have also been named for our collaboration with Sydney Chamber Opera, Biographica, by composer Mary Finsterer and librettist Tom Wright, which you can read more about here.

The yearly Art Music Awards are presented by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and the Australian Music Centre to recognise achievement in the composition, performance, education and presentation of Australian music. There are eleven national Awards and a varying number of State and Territory Awards. The national awards are presented in categories covering, among others, composition (four Work of the Year awards), performance, music education, regional music, experimental music and jazz. Nominations are accepted from current AMC or APRA members – also, industry organisations and companies such as educational institutions, broadcasters, retail outlets, recording studios, and promoters are able to nominate.

Vocal / Choral Work of the Year

Title: Biographica
Composer: Mary Finsterer; libretto by Tom Wright
Performer: Sydney Chamber Opera, Ensemble Offspring, Jack Symonds (conductor)

Instrumental Work of the Year

Title: Cantor (after Willa Cather)
Composer: Lisa Illean
Performer: Ensemble Offspring

Click here for a full list of finalists.