The 2017 Art Music Awards took place in Sydney’s City Recital Hall this evening, honouring the creators, performers, and lovers of contemporary art music, contemporary jazz and experimental music.

With the awards in their seventh year, tonight saw winners honoured across eleven national categories, and eight state and territory categories, with coveted awards being handed out for categories such as the Orchestral Work Of The Year, Performance Of The Year, an Vocal/Choral Work Of The Year.

Melbourne-based composer Liza Lim was the big winner of the evening, taking home the Instrumental Work Of The Year award for How Forests Think, and the Vocal/Choral Work of The Year for Tree Of Codes.

The Orchestral Work Of The Year award went to Lyle Chan for Serenade for Tenor, Saxophone and Orchestra (“My Dear Benjamin”), Performance Of The Year went to Peter de Jager for his piano performance of Chris Dench’s ‘Piano Sonata’, while Tom O’Halloran received the Jazz Work Of The Year award for Now Noise.

2017 ART MUSIC AWARDS WINNERS

Orchestral Work of the Year

Title: Serenade for Tenor, Saxophone and Orchestra (“My Dear Benjamin”)
Composer: Lyle Chan
Text: Benjamin Britten and Wulff Scherchen
Performer: Andrew Goodwin tenor, Michael Duke saxophone, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Paul Kildea conductor

Performance of the Year

Performer: Peter de Jager
Title: Piano Sonata
Composer: Chris Dench

Vocal/Choral Work of the Year

Title: Tree of Codes
Composer: Liza Lim
Performer: Ensemble MusikFabrik; Cologne Opera, Clement Power conductor, Massimo Furlan director
Publishers: Universal Music Publishing MGB Australia, obo G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH

Jazz Work of the Year

Title: Now Noise
Composer: Tom O’Halloran
Performer: Memory of Elements

Instrumental Work of the Year

Title: How Forests Think
Composer: Liza Lim
Performer: ELISION, Wu Wei soloist, Carl Rosman conductor
Publishers: Universal Music Publishing MGB Australia, obo G. Ricordi & Co. Bühnen- und Musikverlag GmbH

Award for Excellence by an Organisation

Speak Percussion for their 2016 program and sustained contribution to Australian music

Award for Excellence by an Individual

Daryl Buckley for over thirty years of contribution to the international projection of Australian contemporary performance, ideas and practice

Award for Excellence in Music Education

Moorambilla Voices for their 2016 season

Award for Excellence in a Regional Area

Tura New Music for their 2016 Regional Program

Award for Excellence in Experimental Music

Clocked Out with Bruce and Jocelyn Wolfe for The Piano Mill Project

Award for Excellence in Jazz

Andrea Keller for the creation, presentation and release of contemporary jazz in 2016

2017 ART MUSIC AWARDS – STATE and TERRITORY AWARDS

ACT Award for Instrumental Work of the Year

The 7 Great Inventions Of The Modern Industrial Age by Sally Greenaway

NSW Award for Excellence in Music Education

Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA) for Young Women’s Jazz Workshop program

NT Award for Excellence in a Regional Area

Ngarukuruwala for Ngiya Awungarra (I Am Here, Now)

QLD Award for Excellence by an Individual

Vanessa Tomlinson for conceiving and curating the 2016 Australian Percussion Gathering

SA Award for Performance of the Year

Adelaide Chamber Singers for Agnus Dei (Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep) by Paul Stanhope

TAS Award for Excellence by an Organisation

Mona for Dark Mofo 2016

VIC Award for Performance of the Year

Chamber Made Opera for Permission To Speak by Kate Neal

WA Award for Jazz Work Of The Year

Help You Along Your Way by Daniel Susnjar