Composer | Bass Baritone | Photographer | Artist
Connor D'Netto (b. 1994) is a Brisbane based composer of contemporary classical music, described as "the model contemporary Australian composer" by ABC Classic FM.
Throughout his works, Connor balances the quasi-neoclassical with post-minimal influences, combining them with contemporary performance practices, unique one-off concerts and performances, and the delicate incorporation of electronic music elements and production techniques. His music combines driving post-minimal rhythmic elements with heartfelt lyrical expression drawn from his extensive performance experience as a classically trained bass baritone, contrasted with textural devices that push the expectations of an instrument’s capabilities without confronting the audience. Connor’s music has been commissioned and performed across Australia and abroad, including by ensembles such the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Camerata of St. Johns and PLEXUS, and performers such as Karin Schaup and Claire Edwards.
In 2015, Connor was named winner of Chamber Music Australia’s Australian New Works Award. His winning work, String Quartet No. 2 in E minor, became the set work for the 7th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition and received premieres by three internationally chosen finalist ensembles at the Melbourne Recital Centre. Earlier in the year he was selected as one of the four composers to have compositions, his Chamber Symphony No. 1, premièred at the baton of James Judd in concert at Elder Hall Adelaide. He was also awarded the Donald Tugby Musicology Prize and Scholarship by the University of Queensland for exceptional contribution to the field of research in music. In 2016 he was awarded the Percy Brier Memorial Composition Prize from the University of Queensland for his Texture No. 1 for Orchestra.
Connor is the artistic director and producer of the successful contemporary classical/electronic music concert series and collective Argo. Founded in 2015, alongside fellow composer/performer and friend Ben Heim, Argo draws upon their shared background in classical music and contemporary influences to create new works, performances and experiences which bend the boundaries of genre and art form, and to challenge the norms of musical performance and staging with immersive art-music events. In 2016 Argo launched an entire concert series, which included five concerts, presented in collaboration with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Music Festival, Brisbane Writers Festival, Anywhere Festival, the Brisbane Powerhouse, St John’s Cathedral, Brisbane City Council and the University of Queensland. The series featured entirely original programs of contemporary classical and electronic music, tailored to a number of Brisbane’s landmarks and venues, intersecting with other artforms such as live visuals, transformative projections and contemporary Australian literature. To find out more about Argo, and be in the loop to hear about the upcoming 2017 Concert season, head to www.argosound.com.
As a performer, Connor is a trained classical bass baritone, having previously studied with Shaun Brown. Connor is also a talented photographer, videographer and visual-artist, creating and shooting material not only for his own music, but also for a number of other local artists and musicians. In 2016, Connor completed a Bachelor of Music (Honours) at the University of Queensland, graduating with First-Class Honours.
Connor D'Netto’s tracks