Flinders Quartet’s Composer Development Program has been a highlight of the ensemble’s annual season since 2016. We invited Australian composers to submit a short work for string quartet to be workshopped by the members of the quartet and composition mentor, Stuart Greenbaum, resulting in a professionally recorded and live-streamed performance in June 2019. Applications are now closed for the 2019 program.


Successful applicants will be invited to spend intensive time with the quartet and composition mentor on their composition. The workshops will take place in Melbourne and will be open to the public, allowing aspiring composers to witness the creative process of other composers as well as demonstrating their own compositional development. The workshops will culminate in a produced recording to be broadcast by media partner, 3MBS Fine Music Melbourne, and a public, live-streamed performance of the works with 5stream; thus providing the composers an invaluable reference and promotional tool, and documenting the development of chamber music in Australia.

Supported by Creative Victoria, this fourth annual workshop will involve up to six emerging composers and their new compositions, giving each of the participating composers a career-leveraging opportunity. Over the course of an intensive week, the pieces will take shape and will be crafted to best showcase the composer’s intent.

While the program is open to composers of all ages, a special award will be given to a composer below the age of 30, with the recipient to be announced at the June 22nd concert. This composer will be invited to undertake a one week residency at artists’ retreat, All That We Are, in Tasmania, with return airfare provided.

Submissions close on 5 April 2019 (5pm, AEDT), and will be reviewed by FQ and a small panel of industry experts. Successful composers will be notified on 18 April. The public concert and recording sessions will be held in Melbourne, 17 to 22 June 2019.

Monday 17 June, 10.00am to 4.00pm (including a break)
Performance Space, Library at The Dock, Docklands (map)

Tuesday 18 June, 10.00am to 4.00pm (including a break)
Performance Space, Library at The Dock, Docklands (map)

Saturday 22 June, 6.00pm to 7.00pm
Performance Space, Library at The Dock, Docklands (map)
(this will be a free event but tickets are limited and bookings will be essential)

This concert will also be live streamed by our friends at 5stream. You can log on via the FQ websiteFacebook or YouTube.

This project is supported by the Victorian Government through    Creative Victoria   .

This project is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

Flinders Quartet is deeply grateful for the support of project partners: All That We Are and 3MBS Fine Music Melbourne

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Flinders Quartet's 2017 composer workshop performance, live-streamed 5 December 2017 by 5stream.

Short documentary about Flinders Quartet's inaugural composer workshop project. Filming, sound recording and editing: Justin Batchelor, Batchedit

Flinders Quartet's streamed performance following the inaugural composer workshop project. Filmed and streamed by 5stream.