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  • Patron: Professor J. M. Coetzee

    J.M. Coetzee

    Professor J. M. Coetzee

    Biography

    A novelist and literary critic as well as a translator, Professor J. M. Coetzee has won many awards throughout his career. His novel Waiting for the Barbarians was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, and he is three-times winner of the CNA Prize. Age of Iron was awarded the Sunday Express Book of the Year award, and The Master of Petersburg was awarded the Irish Times International Fiction Prize in 1995. He has also won the French Prix Femina Étranger, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, and the 1987 Jerusalem Prize for the Freedom of the Individual in Society. He was the first author to be awarded the Booker Prize twice: for Life & Times of Michael K (1983) and for Disgrace (1999).

    In 2003 Coetzee received the Nobel Prize in Literature, and in 2005 was awarded the Order of Mapungubwe (gold class) by the South African government for his 'exceptional contribution in the field of literature and for putting South Africa on the world stage.' J.M. Coetzee is a Professor of Literature at the University of Adelaide.

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  • Chair: Professor Graeme Koehne AO

    Biography

    Professor Graeme Koehne is the Director of the Elder Conservatorium of Music at the University of Adelaide. For anyone who believes that the great tradition of classical music must re-connect with a sense of contemporary vitality, the music of Graeme Koehne attracts avid interest and attention. In his best works, Koehne achieves that elusive synthesis of sophisticated compositional technique, informed by a deep understanding of musical history, and a popular touch that invests his music with emotional eloquence, visceral appeal and aural pleasure.

    Through the advocacy of some of today’s most exciting international musicians such as the conductors Vladimir Jurowski and Kristjan Järvi, Koehne’s music is becoming a regular presence on the international stage. His compositions have long been among the most popular by any Australian composer, and find a regular presence in the established repertoire of Australian music.

    Graeme Koehne has served on several occasions on the Australia Council, the Australian Government’s arts funding advisory body, and from 2002 to 2009 was Chair of the Australia Council Music Board and a member of the Australia Council. He has served in various advisory capacities for the South Australian Government, and in 1998-99 was South Australia’s Composer-in-Residence. He was awarded a Doctorate of Music from the University of Adelaide in 2002 and in 2004 received the Sir Bernard Heinze Award from the University of Melbourne.

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  • Director: Associate Professor Anna Goldsworthy

    Biography

    Associate Professor Anna Goldsworthy is an award-winning pianist and writer, and a festival director.

    As a pianist, Anna performs extensively throughout Australia and internationally. Recent appearances include solo engagements with the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and the Australian Youth Orchestra; a six-city recital tour of China; and solo recitals at venues around Australia. An accomplished chamber musician, Anna is a founding member of Seraphim Trio. In 2019, Seraphim released the ARIA-award-winning CD Thirteen Ways to Look at Birds, with Paul Kelly, James Ledger, and Alice Keath, alongside the ambitious CD set Trio Through Time for the ABC, tracing the development of the piano trio from Mozart and Haydn until today.

    As a writer, Anna was awarded Newcomer of the Year at the 2010 Australian Book Industry Awards for her debut memoir, Piano Lessons, which was released in Australia, North America, Germany, Korea and Vietnam. Other literary publications include the memoir Welcome to Your New Life, and the Quarterly Essay Unfinished Business: Sex, Freedom and Misogyny, and the novel Melting Moments. She edited Best Australian Essays 2017. Anna’s writing for the stage includes the libretto for Victorian Opera’s award-winning production of The Magic Pudding; her acclaimed adaptation of Piano Lessons, commissioned by the Queensland Music Festival; the play, Maestro, co-written with her father, Peter Goldsworthy; and the cabaret show Cole for Michael Griffiths, for which he won a Helpmann Award.

    Anna has degrees from the University of Adelaide and Texas Christian University, and a doctorate from the University of Melbourne. Her teachers have been Eleonora Sivan, Tamas Ungar, and Ronald Farren-Price. Additionally, Anna has studied in Moscow with Lev Naumov, with the support of an ArtsSA Emerging Artist Award.

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  • Dr Luke Harrald

    Biography

    Luke Harrald is a composer, performer and media artist. He holds a PhD in Composition from Elder Conservatorium of Music, and he completed his undergraduate studies at Flinders Street School of Music.

    Technology is central to Luke's research, which often explores and critiques the ways we interact with digital media and how we might both develop, and engage with technology that is able to exhibit aspects of free will. Through his PhD research, Luke developed an interactive Artificial Intelligence system called ENSEMBLE, which mimics some of the conscious and unconscious strategies of musical improvisers using Game Theory.

    A specialist in interdisciplinary collaboration, Luke has most recently been in demand as an installation artist. He has a reputation for creating immersive site-specific works that combine activism, community engagement, heritage interpretation and sound-art. In recognition of this work, in 2013 he was part of a team that won two national APRA Art Music Awards for Excellence in Experimental Music and Excellence in a Regional Area.

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  • Dr Aaron Humphrey

    Biography

    Dr Aaron Humphrey is a researcher at the University of Adelaide and teaches in the department of media. His research combines critical analysis with creative practice to investigate the relationships between images and texts, and between media and society. He was recently awarded the Dean’s Commendation for Thesis Excellence for his doctoral dissertation about comics and pedagogy.

    His academic writing has been published in Media International AustraliaComposition StudiesDigital Humanities QuarterlyThe Comics Grid and The Conversation. As a cartoonist, his comics are currently used in digital rhetoric courses and for postgraduate medical education. As a filmmaker, his short films have screened in festivals in Australasia and North America.

    His current research projects include the use of comics and “graphic medicine” for medical education, visual discourse about asylum seekers within Australia and the historical development of emoji.

    He is a co-founder and co-organiser of ‘Inkers and Thinkers,’ Australasia’s annual academic conference devoted to comics and graphic narratives.

  • Professor Anne Pender

    Biography

    Professor Anne Pender holds the Kidman Chair in Australian Studies. Anne is National Library of Australia Fellow, 2021, was Fulbright Senior Fellow at Harvard University in 2018, and is a former Australian Research Council Future Fellow 2012-2016. A Menzies Scholar to Harvard and graduate of the Australian National University, the University of New South Wales and Harvard University, Anne was Visiting Distinguished Professor in Australian Studies at the University of Copenhagen in 2011-2012 and taught Australian Literature at King’s College London in 2002-2003. Anne’s books include Seven Big Australians: Adventures with Comic Actors (2019), Players: Australian Actors on Stage, Television and Film (2016), From a Distant Shore: Australian Writers in Britain 1820-2012  (2013), One Man Show: The Stages of Barry Humphries (2010), Nick Enright: An Actor’s Playwright (2008) and Christina Stead: Satirist (2002).

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  • Associate Professor Meg Samuelson

    Biography

    Meg Samuelson has recently joined the Department of English and Creative Writing at the University of Adelaide as an associate professor, and was previously associate professor at the University of Cape Town and, before that, Stellenbosch University, where she is now a research associate. She has published widely on southern and eastern African and Indian Ocean literatures, film and photography, including the book Remembering the Nation, Dismembering Women? Stories of the South African Transition. Her current book projects in progress include the provisionally titled South African Literatures: Land, Sea, City; Amphibian Aesthetics: Writing from the African Indian Ocean Littoral; and, with Pamila Gupta, Photographic Culture in Zanzibar, 1868-2018. Her other and related research interests include the beach, the “blue southern hemisphere”, debates on the praxis of literary scholarship and Anthropocene thought.

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  • Dr Konstantin Shamray

    Biography 

    Russian pianist Konstantin Shamray studied in Moscow at the Russian Gnessin Academy of Music with Professors Tatiana Zelikman and Vladimir Tropp, and the Hochschule fur Musik in Freiburg, Germany with Professor Tibor Szasz.

    In 2008, Konstantin won First Prize at the Sydney International Piano Competition. He is the first and only competitor to date to win both First and People’s Choice Prizes, in addition to six other prizes.

    Konstantin won First Prize at the 2011 Klavier Olympiade in Bad Kissingen, Germany and has performed at the Kissinger Sommer festival. In July 2013, following chamber recitals with Alban Gerhardt and Feng Ning, he was awarded the festival’s coveted Luitpold Prize for “outstanding musical achievements”. He has enjoyed critical acclaim at the Klavier-Festival Ruhr, the Bochum Festival in Germany, the Mariinsky International Piano Festival, the White Nights Festival with the Mariiinsky Theatre Orchestra in St. Petersburg and the Adelaide Festival.

    Konstantin has toured extensively throughout all Australian states and territories, and has recorded CDs for the labels Naxos, ABC Classics and Fonoforum. He has performed with the Russian National Philharmonic, the Mariinsky Theatre Or- chestra, Moscow Virtuosi, Orchestre National de Lyon, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, and Melbourne Chamber Orchestra among others under the baton of distinguished conductors including Vladimir Spivakov, Dmitry Liss, Tugan Sokhiev, Nicholas Mil- ton and Alexandr Vedernikov.

    In 2019, he was part of Musica Viva Festival in Sydney and the Coriole Festival in McLaren Vale, and joined the Australian String Quartet for Dunkeld and Margaret River chamber music festivals. Konstantin has a keen interest in music education, and has held annual concerts for children throughout Russia. In 2019, he has taken a position as Lecturer of piano at the University of Adelaide.

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