Anne Boyd receives Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award

Anne Boyd was honoured recently with the 2014 Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award, which was presented to her by the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. This highly prestigious award recognises the composer's exceptional contribution to Australian music. 

Boyd studied Composition at the University of Sydney with Peter Sculthorpe.  Sculthorpe's influence on her was not negligible, particularly his ideas about the importance of establishing an Australian identity in the music scene and his interest in South-Eastern Asia music, which were to influence Anne Boyd deeply.

After her studies in Sydney, the composer travelled to York for her PhD with Wilfrid Mellers and Bernard Rands, thanks to a Commonwealth Overseas Scholarship, which she was given in 1969. 

Following her graduation, Boyd was appointed Lecturer at the University of Sussex. After staying in Sussex from 1972 to 1977, she returned to Australia for four years to compose full time. In 1981 she was appointed Reader and founding Head of Music at the University of Hong Kong. Finally, she returned to where she had started her musical journey, but this time as Professor and Head of Department at the University of Sydney.

During her rich career, Boyd has received numerous significant awards and prizes, including the Member of the Order of Australia (1996), an honorary degree from the University of York (2003) and the Distinguished Services to Australian Music at the Classical Music Awards, presented by APRA and the AMC (2005).

AMC website - Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award to Anne Boyd

(22 Apr 2015)

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