Music composition winners will perform in Canberra event

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“Outback” by Queensland artist, Sue Needham

PROMINENT Canberra guitarist and musical entrepreneur Matt Withers has announced the winners of the 2020 Matt Withers Australian Music Composition Competition.

The requirement was that entrants compose a work inspired by the artwork “Outback” by Queensland artist Sue Needham.

James Madsen

First prize for a new composition for classical guitar went to Sydney guitarist and music educationist James Madsen, who won $3000.

Melbourne’s Meredith Connie, a representative composer at the Australian Music Centre, took out second place and won $1000.

Sydney’s Julia Vlahogiannis, who improvises on piano, clarinet, saxophone and bass guitar, claimed the U25 Emerging Composer Award of $750.

The pieces will be included on an upcoming ABC Classic album performed by Withers and pianist Sally Whitwell alongside the works of Ross Edwards, Nigel Westlake, Canberra’s Sally Greenaway and a brand new commission by Whitwell.

The three winning works will be presented and workshopped at a public, free event at the ANU School of Music at 5.30pm on Thursday, March 26.

All details of the competition can be found at

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