Making his mark

COULD Beaconsfield’s Mark Holdsworth be the next Stravinsky?

The young composer’s compositions have been premiered by some of the country’s best classical musicians, and he’s been selected for symphony orchestra programs around the country.

He’s also worked on films, including short film Outline, which premiered at Cannes and was nominated for five WA Screen Awards, including best original music.

• Beaconsfield composer Mark Holdsworth. Photo supplied

On February 21, The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra will premiere Holdsworth’s composition L’appel du vide, as part of its 21st Century Cybec Project. The title translates as “the call of the void”, a reference to humans inexplicably acting self-destructively, such as the temptation to jump when standing on the edge of a cliff.

“I have extended this concept to consider the greater human proclivity for self-destruction…As a reaction to what is happening in society at the moment,” Holdsworth says.

The 28-year-old plans to tap into his Indonesian mother’s heritage for his PhD at UWA, with a large scale composition that will include the Javanese gamelan.


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