See the Australian String Quartet perform the World Premiere Ross Edwards’ String Quartet no 4 at ASQ Live + On Demand

The distinguished, multiple award-winning composer Ross Edwards AM has been at the forefront of musical creativity in Australia for well over 30 years. A graduate of the University of Adelaide’s Elder Conservatorium, from which he holds a Doctorate of Music, his teachers included Richard Meale, Peter Sculthorpe and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, with whom he studied in London. He is Honorary Adjunct Professor of Composition at The University of Sydney from which he also holds a Doctorate of Music. His distinctive sound world covers the main musical genres and is widely performed both here and overseas. Universal in its concern with age-old mysteries surrounding humanity, his work is deeply connected to its roots in Australia from whose natural environment it draws inspiration, especially birdsong and the mysterious patterns and drones of insects

Ross Edwards has composed prolifically in most musical genres. Works for the concert hall sometimes require special lighting, movement, costume and visual accompaniment – notably his Fourth Symphony  Star Chant, his oboe concerto Bird Spirit Dreaming and his saxophone concerto Full Moon Dances. His Dawn Mantras greeted the new millennium in a global telecast from the sails of the Sydney Opera House.

Recently completed works include Frog and Star Cycle, a double concerto for saxophonist Amy Dickson, percussionist Colin Currie, and the Sydney Symphony; Zodiac for the Houston Ballet; Entwinings, for the Australian Chamber Orchestra;  Dances of Life and Death for the Sydney Conservatorium Wind Symphony; a Piano Quartet for the Australia Piano Quartet; Lake Dreaming, for the Brown and Breen Piano Duo; De Spiritu Sancto, for The Song Company; and Singing the Love, for The Choir of King’s College Cambridge.