2023 Hatched Composers Announced

From a record high number of applications, five innovative emerging composers have been selected to participate in Ensemble Offspring’s 2023 Hatched Composer Intensive. Congratulations to Isabella Rahme (NSW), Noemi Liba Friedman (VIC), Matthew Laing (VIC), Isabella Gerometta (QLD) and Jessica Lindsay Smith (VIC).

Five of Ensemble Offspring’s core musicians will mentor and perform a new chamber work by each composer, sharing their expertise in working with emerging composers throughout an intensive week of workshops. The performers are Claire Edwardes (Artistic Director, percussion), Lamorna Nightingale (flutes), Jason Noble (clarinet, bass clarinet), Véronique Serret (violin) and Blair Harris (cello).

Prior to the intensive week the composers select a mentor from Ensemble Offspring’s impressive list of international collaborators including Hatched Academy Ambassador Brett Dean, Lisa Illean, Lachlan Skipworth, Gemma Peacocke, Jack Symonds, Laura Bowler and Cathy Miliken.

The lead mentors throughout the intensive week are Artistic Director and percussionist Claire Edwardes and former Artistic Director and composer Damien Ricketson.

The week will culminate in the Hatched Composer Showcase, premiering all five pieces at the The Neilson, Pier 2/3 on November 11.

Isabella Rahme


“Having access to performers of such a high quality is something every young emerging composer dreams of, and to get the chance to work with the performers of Ensemble Offspring is so exciting.”

Noemi Liba Friedman


“Hatched is a composer’s dream opportunity and will provide a little bit of that ‘good’ pressure to push me to the next stage of chamber ensemble writing. It will perfectly pool the nuanced work I have been exploring with solo instrumentation toward a new ensemble work.”

Matthew Laing


“I want to keep pushing myself to write in new ways and collaborate with new people, and I see this program as a great way to do that. Ensemble Offspring has a big reputation, a national platform and has made a significant contribution to Australian music as an ensemble and as individual performers too. Generally I just love to write for great ensembles.”

Isabella Gerometta


“My central values when creating music have always been entertainment, fun and bravery, all the while striving for a high quality and calibre of work. My recent work has been for string and piano ensembles, so I would like to use this opportunity to expand my chamber writing using wind and percussion, and to do so adventurously through experimentation, failure and bravery. I would love to work with someone as encouraging and daring as Claire.”

Jessica Lindsay Smith


“I will cherish the opportunity to create a work supported and mentored by such a prestigious and incredible ensemble; an ensemble who share my values of giving a voice to creative women, the importance of creative space and artefact in society, and the ability of music to create a place for contemplation and reflection of the self.”

Hear these new works at the Hatched Composer Showcase

November 11 at The Neilson, Pier 2/3