ComposersAndrew Batterham

Collaborating on The ANAM Set with ANAM musician Joel Walmsley VIC trumpet

Andrew Batterham is an Australian composer, arranger, songwriter, and performer. He is active across many genres including art music, jazz, corporate music, big bands, TV, and educational music. His music has been performed, recorded and broadcast in Australia, Asia, Europe and the USA, by artists ranging from jazz legend James Morrison to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. After studying composition with Brenton Broadstock, Andrew worked as a trumpet player and pianist in the Melbourne commercial scene for many years. Upon winning the Qantas Youth Award of the Paul Lowin Prize, he travelled to New York to study with Broadway arranger Ian Finkel, and to London for lessons with John McCabe. Other achievements include the Corbould Composition Prize (Queensland Symphony Orchestra), participation in the Australian Composers Orchestral Forum, commendations in National Songwriting Contest, and commissions from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and many other organisations.

Commercially Andrew’s music has been heard on TV and radio, in short film scores and corporate events. He has also arranged orchestral backing music for albums by various artists. Recent activity includes Concertino for solo tuba and wind band (winner of the Harvey Phillips Award), premiered by Sérgio Carolino and the Banda Sinfónica Portuguesa at the São João Festival in Portugal; residencies at the Sydney International Brass Festival and the Gravissimo festival, Portugal, and CD releases for Tall Poppies and Cala Records (UK). Andrew also received an ABC Fresh Start Fund grant for his Trumpet Concerto to be recorded by David Elton and members of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and an Amex Music Backer’s Fund grant to record his funk band Speakeasy at Melbourne’s iconic Sing Sing studios. His Speakeasy song Straight Ahead won the Soul and RnB category of the Voyager International Songwriting Competition.

Andrew is published by AvA Musical Editions (Europe), Potenza Music (USA), Reed Music, SingScore, Wirripang, Lyrebird Press, the Australian Jazz Real Book, and the Australian Music Centre. He works at the Australian Institute of Music, Melbourne campus

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