JENNIFER FOWLER BIO (Updated 8/13)
JENNIFER FOWLER was born in Bunbury, Western Australia, in 1939. During her student years at the University of Western Australia she won several composition prizes and was awarded the University's Convocation Award for outstanding results. While still a student, she had pieces performed in the Festival of Perth and broadcast by the ABC. In 1968 she spent a year working at the Electronic Music Studios of the University of Utrecht, on a Dutch Government scholarship. Since 1969, she has been living in London where she works as a free-lance composer.
1970 a prize from the Academy of the Arts, Berlin
1971 joint winner of the Radcliffe Award of Great Britain
1975 1st prize in the International Competition for Women Composers in Mannheim, Germany
2003 the Miriam Gideon prize from the International Association of Women in Music
2006 2nd prize in the Christopher Bodman Memorial Competition, UK
2009 the international Sylvia Glickman Memorial Prize
2009 equal winner of the Marin Goleminov First International Composition Contest in Bulgaria.
Her output includes orchestral works, chamber pieces, works for voice and instrumental ensemble, solo music and vocal ensembles of various kinds. She has written for top professional players and also for amateurs and children. She is particularly interested in writing for particular performers or in using old or unusual instruments in a new way.
Her music has been included in such prestigious international festivals as the ISCM World Music Days; the Gaudeamus Music Week, Holland; the Huddersfield Festival of Contemporary Music, UK; the International Sydney Spring Festival; and Women in Music festivals in USA, UK, Italy, Australia and China.
She has had pieces commissioned by such organisations as the BBC; the ABC; the Festival of Perth; the Music Board of the Australia Council; the Radcliffe Award of Great Britain; the Seymour Group, Sydney; the New London Children’s Choir, UK; the Song Company, Sydney; Donne in Musica, Italy; and Women in Music (UK).
Articles about Fowler can be found in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (Macmillan, 1980), and also in the latest edition of 2001; the Pandora Guide to Women Composers (Pandora, 1994); The New Grove Dictionary of Women Composers (Macmillan, 1994). Articles by Fowler about her music can be found in: The Contemporary Music Review, Vol 11 (Harwood Academic Publishers, 1995); and Journal of the International Alliance of Women in Music, Vol 12, No 1 (Oceanna Music Publications, 2006).
A commission from the University of Western Australia for a piece for 3 cellos was recorded and performed for the UWA centenary celebrations. A commission from Music in the Village, Walthamstow, London, resulted in a new piece for oboe and piano premiered in Feb, 2012. A commission from the Whitehall Orchestra, London for a concerto for alto saxophone was premiered in London in March 2011 with Amy Dickson as soloist. This was repeated in Sydney Australia, with the same soloist.Other recent performances include: Plainsong for Strings in Beijing, April 08; and Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis in Melbourne, May 08; Streaming Up and Echoes from an Antique Land in Angouleme, France, June 08; Blow Flute, Rome, Feb 2009, Towards Release, Sofia, February 2009, Piece for an Opera House, Sydney, June 2009, Blow Flute, Adelaide, December 2009, Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis, New College Oxford, June 2010, Lament for Dunblane, Melbourne, August 2010, Numc Dimittis, March 2011 & Arizona Sep 2011, Plainsong for Strings, Melbourne, April 2011, Lament for Dunblane, London, July 2011, Concerto for alto sax & orchestra, London, March 2011 & Sydney May 2011, Plainsong for Strings, Melbourne, April 2011,Lament for Dunblane, City of London Festival, July 2011 and Hymn for St Brigid, Perth, Oct 2011.