ComposersChris Dench

Collaborating on The ANAM Set with ANAM musician Cian Malikides NSW trombone

Chris Dench is an Australian composer. Coincidentally, he is 67. He has written for a wide range of genres including many solo works for woodwind and piano, chamber music, ensemble music, and four symphonies. His works appear on many CDs including three Composer Portrait discs, and he is a featured composer on the Score Follower channel. In 2017 Peter de Jager won the APRA AMCOS Art Music Performance of the Year Award for his concert at ANAM introducing Dench’s 100’ Piano Sonata, and in 2020 the piano work passing bells: day as played by Alex Raineri won the Art Music Work of the Year: Chamber Music category.

He is currently working on a series of Iso-études: solos and duos written during the COVID era. The first two of these, for solo vibraphone, are being printed by Smith Publications, Vermont, and the third, ghosts of motion for clarinet d’amore, appears on Richard Haynes latest CD.

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