Michael Lira - 2013

Tropfest and APRA are excited to announce the winner of APRA Tropscore Dec 2013 – Michael Lira!

Michael’s Tropscore win has topped off an incredible year for the talented screen composer, who has also been nominated for two prizes at this year’s Screen Music Awards that will take place on December 9. He is nominated for Best Music for a Documentary for his work on The A-Z of Contemporary Art and Best Music for a Television Series or Serial for the ABC hit series Rake.

2013 Finalists

  • Clive Lendich

    Clive was born and educated in Perth, Western Australia and studied guitar from the age of 10. He moved to Sydney in 1974 and studied arranging and improvisation at the Conservatorium of Music. In 1979 Clive traveled to Los Angeles to further his musical education, then in 1980 moved to Munich and became actively involved in the recording scene there.

  • Joshua Cowie

    Joshua Cowie is a Melbourne based composer, arranger, educator, typesetter, husband and father. He holds a Bachelor of Music and liked music theory so much he completed his Associate of Music Australia (A.Mus.A) in Theory of Music. Joshua’s works have been performed across Australia and his Mass of Mary MacKillop (2010) is in the National Library of Australia.

  • Lionel Towers

    Lionel began Piano lessons at age 7 giving his first full-length recital at age 12. He won his first competition at 8 years of age for a composition he wrote for piano. He attended VCA Secondary School for the earlier part of high school and began Jazz lessons at age 13. At 15 Lionel was awarded his L.Mus.A (Licentiate of Music Diploma) having skipped all the preceding grades.

  • Peter Moore

    Peter Moore learned classical piano from age 6 till his late teens and studied music at school including ’big band’ and ‘rock band’ work. He then spent much of the 80′s gigging around Sydney’s ‘original music scene’ in bands that no-one will ever remember. In 1988 Peter moved to the Gold Coast and started his own business.

  • Gavin Arnold

    Gavin Arnold completed a four-year piano scholarship in primary school and it was during this time that he became interested in composition. He studied trombone in high school, taught himself guitar and achieved a Multimedia Design degree at Curtin University. He has since worked in web design agencies both at home and abroad.

  • Anthony Cormican

    Ardline producer, composer, performer and mix engineer, Anthony Cormican, has worked with ARIA winning groups such as Birds of Tokyo and James Morrison. He has recorded notable artists as Shawn Stockman, The Game, Antony and the Johnson, Sophie Monk and Johnny Ruffo (X-Factor). He has composed for Oscar nominated directors and worked with symphony orchestra.

  • Amiel Zwier

    Amiel Zwier is a composer from Melbourne, Australia and he’s loved writing music since a young age. What excites Amiel the most is bridging the gap between traditional scoring and electronic music production. After classical training on piano during childhood and then jazz training with pianist Alan Zavod, he went on to study composition at the Victorian College of the Arts, and later attained a diploma in Audio Production at RMIT.

  • Harry Brewster-Jones

    Harry has been playing music as far back as he can remember originally starting on piano and saxophone and later moving to guitar. Some of his influences are: The Roots, Seekae, Bob Dylan, The Doors, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Esperaza Spalding, Rachmaninov, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Red Hot Chili Peppers and John Mayer, He is currently studying a Bachelor of Music at UNSW on guitar and his dream is to be a movie composer.