APRA Tropscore - 2014

Finalists

  • Adam Warnock

    Adam Warwick lives in Haberfield, NSW and has been doing creative bits and bobs all his life, with the exception of the first 6 years or so. He has entered Tropscore every year since it started and it sits at the top of his creative calendar every year, which has also pushed him into making films. This year, he has not only scored a friends’ film for Tropfest but has also submitted a film of his own.

  • Henrique Dib

    Henrique Dib is a multi-award winning professional musician based in Potts Point, Sydney. He graduated in 2009 from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with an honours first-class degree in Composition and the University of Sydney Medal. He was also included in the Dean’s list of excellence in academic performance and received an invitation to join the Golden Key International Honours Society. As a composer, Henrique writes music for feature and short films, documentaries, animation, trailers, television, commercials, games, commissions, and concert music. His music has been performed in Australia, China, Sweden, Germany, Italy, France Finland and Brazil. He came second-place in the APRA Tropscore 2013 (February edition) and was a finalist in the APRA Tropscore 2013 (December edition). Henrique teaches at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music as well as privately at his studio, and performs regularly as a pianist, keyboard and accordion player in Australia and overseas. He also produces and arranges tracks for a wide range of clients and musical styles and has five years experience as a music copyist.

  • Xianzhou Lin

    Xianzhou Lin started playing music from the age of 11. He has played guitar in a cover band at clubs and weddings and studied Music Technical Production at TAFE in Tighes Hill, Newcastle. By use of his fully set up home music studio, Joe produced a CD for the Golden Vision Cultural Affairs Corporation competition in Taiwan and received certification. In 2007, he found employment with Sydney Powerhouse Music Production Studio and Everland Studio as a Music Programmer and Sound Designer. Then, in 2009, he started working in Beijing as a full-time composer/sound-editor for worldwide TV commercial jingles and video games for companies such as Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen, Peugeot, Toyota, KFC, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Samsung, Sony, Lenovo, LG, Dell, TAG, IKEA, Bayer and more.

  • Jack Frerer

    Jack Frerer is a 19-year-old composer, guitarist and producer currently studying at the University of Sydney, as well as the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Jack has written pieces and arrangements for multiple orchestras and ensembles, his work ranging from contemporary classical, to jazz, rock and screen music. He recently was awarded first place in the inaugural Matt Withers Young Australian Music Composition Competition, open to all Australian Music Majors under 30. He hopes to study composition full-time as of 2015, either at the Sydney Conservatorium or overseas.

  • Heather Shannon and Sam Lockwood

    Heather Shannon and Sam Lockwood make up one half of internationally acclaimed Sydney-based indie rock act, The Jezabels. Over the past five years, The Jezabels have released three EPs, two albums and toured the world numerous times. They have several Gold and Platinum sales certifications and have sold out headline dates in all corners of the globe. They performed a triumphant hometown two-night stand earlier this year at the Sydney Opera House, and have played at some of the world’s biggest festivals, including some of Australia’s most loved. Now, Heather and Sam are turning their talents towards film scores…

  • Sharon Jakovsky

    Sharon Jakovsky has pursued a freelance career in the music industry in many different capacities including musician, film composer, sound designer, arranger and sound engineer. Her film work includes documentaries and dramas such as Re-enchantment, The Hundredth Room, Out of Fear, Encore: A Journey Forward, Island Home Country and The Future Makers. Her work has been heard at many festivals both around Australia and internationally, as well as screening on television including ABC1, ABC2 and the Discovery Channel. As well as being a finalist in the Mardi Gras Film Festival for Best Music and Sound in 2005, she was also a finalist in both the 2007 and 2007 Australian Screen Sound Awards for Best Achievement in Sound for Documentary. Sharon performs, writes and produces music in many different idioms, ranging from jazz, to world music, to rock and everything in between. She has performed at all the top venues in Sydney including the Sydney Opera House, The Basement, The Hordern Pavilion as well as touring interstate and regional areas. She has played in many music festivals around Australia and has toured Europe. She is renowned for her soulful, funky and sometimes raucous guitar playing. Sharon has a Diploma of Audio Engineering from SAE, a Diploma of Music from Berklee College of Music (Boston, USA) and a Masters in Communication from UTS.

  • Daniel O'Brien

    Since 15, Daniel O’Brien knew he wanted to be a composer and wrote his first piece for a contemporary strong quartet group formed with his fellow high school students. This led to writing a piece for the school choir. This followed with many other school and choir ensembles singing his music. Daniel studied at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University, majoring in Composition. It was during these years that Daniel began working with film school students, writing music for their short films. This gained him invaluable experience and crucial connections, especially in filmmaking. He went on to work with Regatta Studios, writing music for TV commercials, corporate films and short films. Daniel is currently in production for a feature film called ‘Bullets for the Dead’, where cowboys meet zombies!

  • Robyn Payne

    Robyn Payne is a multi-instrumentalist, music producer and composer in the music, film and advertising industries. She began playing piano at 6 years old, adding guitar and bass soon after that and then playing in a Deep Purple cover band at 13. Trumpet was added to her repertoire when she joined the Moorabbin Brass Band. After moving to a school that included music in their curriculum, she learnt flute. At university, she was advised to take up the saxophone and clarinet for a woodwind major, however her passion lay with bass and piano. Since then, she has played in ensembles that range from heavy rock, to jazz, to classical orchestra. She has performed with Tina Arena, Tommy Emmanuel, The Seekers, Little River Band, Tom Jones, Barry Manilow, Bonnie Rait, Jackson Brown, Joe Cocker, Roger Daltry and Larry Adler. Currently touring with Eurogliders, she also played keyboard for six years in the Hey Hey It’s Saturday Band (for which, she wrote the opening theme). She received Gold and Platinum record awards for Tommy Emmanuels ‘Determination’ CD and The Seekers ‘Live On’ CD. She was the winner of the Australian Songwriters Association Song of the Year (Gospel), amongst many other awards. Robyn placed second in the APRA Tropscore 2013 with ‘Makeover’.

  • Benjamin Huang

    Benjamin Huang is a Melbourne-based media composer, sound designer and part-time guitar teacher. He began his musical journey in high school as a contemporary guitarist and then went on to study jazz performance at the North Melbourne Institute of TAFE, where he also found an interest in sound design and producing. This led him to undertake a Diploma in Sound Production at the same TAFE, where he realized that he could combine his passion for music with his passions for films and video games. He then went on to further his studies in a Bachelor of Applied Music (Composition) at Box Hill Institute; a course that focuses heavily on composing for media. He is currently undertaking his final year of this degree and has since scored for numerous student film projects, as well as industry projects for indie games and television shows on Channel 31.

  • Leonard Grigoryan

    Leonard Grigoryan is well-established in the Australian music scene. He is best known as one-half of the guitar duo, ‘Grigoryan Brothers’. Taught from a very early age by their violinist father, Leonard and his brother Slava Grigoryan are today revered around the world for their performances and recordings, and together they have been nominated for 6 ARIA Awards. Leonard is also a member of the ambient group, ‘Magnolia’, as well as performing and recording alongside Australia’s finest musicians. In 2013, Leonard released his first solo album titled ‘Solo’ on the Which Way music label. This album was recorded at the legendary Rainbow Studio in Oslo, and features his original compositions.

  • Jonathon Chidgey

    Jon Chidgey has been a professional musician, arranger, composer and teacher for over 30 years playing with a variety of musicians and bands around Melbourne Australia. Jon studied music at the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne from 1989-91 and has taught music along side his playing career. He composed a number of compositions for his school ensembles including junior concert band and senior stage band. Jon has also produced two handbooks for bass and drum kit tuition. He released a solo EP 'The Jonah Complex' in May 2014 under his other name Chidge.

  • Nick Garrett

    Nick Garrett started a small video production company with his mates while studying at university. He didn’t bother finishing the degree, but the company is still going strong! When he’s not working on commercial pieces, he dabbles in making his own films and composing the scores for them. Lately, he has been offering free music scores to anyone who is willing to giving him a shot and one day he hopes to be composing scores full-time.