Name: Margaret Brandman
Music genre: Jazz
Award-winning Composer Margaret Brandman has received wide acclaim for her powerful compositions, characterized by an original tonality, melodic richness and engaging expression. Her catalogue of works includes solo instrumental pieces, chamber works, orchestral works as well as vocal and choral works, composed across a wide range of genres from contemporary classical through to Jazz and Latin-American. Her music is performed regularly in concert and receives world-wide and international airplay.
Margaret Brandman began her musical studies at age four, studying accordion and piano, taking up both guitar and clarinet in her teens. Her education, supported by formal studies in piano, clarinet, harmony and composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, covered many styles of music. Ms. Brandman was awarded a scholarship to the University of Sydney, where she studied composition with Australian contemporary classical composer Peter Sculthorpe. In 1975 she was awarded the B. Mus (Composition), having already acquired her A. Mus A. (piano) and Teacher of Pianoforte diploma. She has since also been awarded the F. Comp. ASMC, F. Mus. Ed. ASMC and L. Perf. ASMC degrees by the Australian Society for Musicology and Composition, Hon. FNMSM (UK), the Dip. E in Piano Pedagogy of the World Piano Teacher’s Association (Serbia) and the Hon. D.L from the IBC. She has also received
the World Forum’s Distinguished Intellectual Contribution Award (2012) for the continent of Australia for her performances and lectures in the UK. She has twice taken out the BEST FOREIGN COMPOSER award from the Artemis Film Festival in Los Angeles. In 2021 she won the award for SPIRT VISIONS Symphonic Tone Poem which appears on Polarities 2 (nv 6353) and in 2019 she won the award for Firestorm Symphony (III) which appears on her SENSATIONS CD (nv6041)
Margaret Brandman has been performing and recording in Australia and internationally for many years. Highlights include her Rhapsodies to Rhumbas concerts (2013 & 2015) and the 2016 concert in Sydney with Baritone Martin Cooke of the Bavarian State Opera Company. Her early albums include Sonorities and Images and Songs of Love and Desire, a song cycle of six songs. Parma Recordings (USA) has also produced three albums of her music to date – Sensations – Wind, Waves, Birds and Fire (NV6041) featuring orchestral and chamber works, Abrazo (AR0001), recorded in Cuba and including the suite Warm Winds in Havana for saxophone quartet and percussion, and Cosmic Wheel of the Zodiac – a song cycle for the 12 signs of the Zodiac (NV 6160). In September 2017 the Prague Mixed Chamber Choir, under the direction of Jiří Petrdlík, performed and recorded both solo and duet versions of the songs and Margaret’s own choral arrangements of the song cycle, composed to the lyrics of astropoet Benita Rainer. Featured vocal soloists on the album include Barbora Polâšková and Matěj Chadima with Petr Ožana as piano associate. The work was performed in the concert hall at the Czech Museum of Music in September 2017. Margaret supervised the recording in the studio, and was guest of honour at the concert. Her latest orchestral tone-poem Spirit Visions was recorded by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra in September 2020. Her most recent recordings include three works in her Cello Sensations series, recorded by Ariel Volovelsky (cello) and Margaret Brandman (piano). These were released in 2021 by ModernClassicalX In addition to her compositional work, Margaret Brandman is actively involved in music education, combining her compositional interests with her interest in accelerated learning techniques for music. She has authored and published a large range of music education materials and has composed much of the music included in her Contemporary Piano Method and accompanying collections of performance pieces. Many of her works for various instruments are included in the Australian Music Examinations Syllabus.
Margaret Brandman’s works are published by JazzEM Music in Australia and by Furore Music in Germany. Her music is released through Parma Recordings and ModernClassicalX
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