Andrián Pertout was born in Santiago, Chile, 17 October, 1963, and lived in Gorizia, Northern Italy for several years before finally settling in Melbourne, Australia in 1972. In 2007, he completed a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree at the University of Melbourne on Tweddle Trust, Australian Postgraduate and Melbourne Research scholarships, studying composition under the guidance of Brenton Broadstock. Composition awards include the Betty Amsden Award — 2005 3MBS FM National Composer Awards, First Prize in the 2004 ISU Contemporary Music Festival/Louisville Orchestra Composition Competition (Indiana, USA), Judges’ and Audience Prize of the 2003 Oare String Orchestra Third International ‘Music for Strings’ Composing Competition (Faversham, UK), 2002 Michelle Morrow Memorial Award for Composition, and the 2002 Zavod Jazz/Classical Fusion Award.
Andrián’s music has received performances at festivals such as the ISCM World Music Days 2005 and 2007 (Zagreb, Croatia and Hong Kong), 33e Festival d’Automne á Paris (Paris, France), Indiana State University 38th Annual Contemporary Music Festival, (Terre Haute, USA), XIII and XV Festival de Música Contemporánea Chilena (Santiago, Chile), and the 22nd and 26th ACL Conference & Festival (Seoul, Korea and Wellington, New Zealand). His music has also been performed in Japan, Venezuela, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Brazil, Cuba, Colombia, Peru, China, Croatia, Hong Kong, France, USA, Belgium, Chile, Italy, Slovenia, Canada, Republic of Macedonia, UK, Netherlands, Austria, Korea, and Australia by orchestras and ensembles that include the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, The Louisville Orchestra (USA), The Foundation Orchestra (USA), Orquestra Petrobrás Sinfônica (Brazil), La Chapelle Musicale de Tournai (Belgium), Oare String Orchestra (UK), Ónix Ensamble (Mexico), Ensamble Contemporáneo (Chile), Quinteto CEAMC (Argentina), Sonemus Ensemble (Bosnia-Herzegovina), Sori Ensemble (Korea), Omni Ensemble (USA), and the Ensemble für neue musik zürich (Switzerland).
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