Rob Melbourne is not only an emerging composer but a seasoned survivor of ISAM. He has travelled twice to Germany to participate in the 2017 and 2018 ISAM workshops and worked under the tutelage of both Ofer and Jan to compose new works. Having loved it so much and wanting to share the magical experience of ISAM with local composers he has arranged for the Academy to visit Australia.
Melbourne, while participating in both ISAMs, entered the Joseph Dorfman International Composition Competition. In 2017 he came second with his piano trio Four Attempts at Reconciliation and in 2018 won first place with his piano quartet Beyond the Gate.
More importantly Melbourne has created relationships with emerging composers across the globe as well as professional performers throughout Europe.
Having recently graduated from the University of New England as Vice Chancellor’s Scholar, Melbourne also won the Cecil Hill Award and the Cath Ellis Prize. While studying with Berklee College he won the Michel Camilo Celebrity Scholarship for his compositional studies. He has studied composition with Paul Smith, Donna Hewitt and Marti Epstein. As a pianist he has had masterclasses with famous Australian composers Nigel Butterly and Peter Sculthorpe, and has performed their piano works extensively in his concerts.
Currently he is researching the changing role of the piano in Messiaen’s works from his captivity in a prisoner of war camp, during WWII, to his nativity pieces, Vingt Regards sur l’enfant-Jésus, written at the end of the war. This research is the impetus for a new series of compositions Melbourne is writing for his final thesis.
During the workshop Melbourne will be available to help coordinate the composers rehearsals, workshops and other activities.