2018 MusiciansJared Yapp

Jared is a violist and composer who is passionate about finding ways to innovate within the classical music genre. In 2018, Jared will commence viola studies at the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) with Caroline Henbest.

In 2016, he completed his Master of Music (Research) in Viola Performance with Paul Wright at the University of Western Australia. His thesis closely examined the compositional philosophies of Hungarian composer, György Kurtág, as seen in Signs, Games and Messages (1989). In 2012, he completed his Bachelor of Music majoring in Composition, also at UWA.

As a composer, he has studied with Christopher Tonkin, James Ledger, Brian Fernyhough, Fabien Lévy and Oscar Bianchi, the latter three at the Voix Nouvelles course at the Royaumont Foundation in France.

In Perth, Jared has worked as a freelance violist and composer with a number of professional ensembles, and has had his works and arrangements commissioned and performed by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Perth Symphony Orchestra, as well as by individual artists from around Australia.


In 2015, Jared was the recipient of an Australian Postgraduate Award, the Royal Over-Seas League Honours Prize for Music Performance and the Royal Over-Seas League Travel Award, which, amongst other performance opportunities, saw him perform as part of the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Aside from his life as a musician, Jared is a keen proponent of the Feldenkrais Method, and can often be found demonstrating his signature exercise - the ‘roll-down’.

Image by Pia Johnson

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