Biography to 1999


Place of Birth: Gundagai, NSW

BMus, NSW Con of Music, 1979-82; Hochschüle der Künste, Berlin, 1983-84, Uni. of NSW, 1986-87, Doctor of Creative Arts, Uni. of Wollongong, 1988, 91-93, 96-97. Composition Teachers: Richard Toop; Ross Edwards; Gerald Glynn; Brian Howard; Anne Boyd; Martin Wesley-Smith; Graham Hair; Gillian Whitehead; Isang Yun; Witold Szalonek

Fellowships and Residencies (a selection)
Residencies - University of Wollongong, 1999; Melb. Symph. Orch., 1992-93; Berlin Senate, 1991; Council of the City of Sydney, 1991; Korean Government ICS Fellowship, 1990; Sutherland Shire Council, 1986 and 1988; South-West Metropolitan Arts Council, Bankstown, 1985; Trinity Grammar School, 1985. Fellowships - Darmstadt International Summer Course 1988, 1990; DAAD Fellowship, Berlin, 1989; Goethe Institute Scholarship 1983.

Prizes and Awards
Sounds Australian Award, 1991; FAC Award, 1989; International Hambacher Prize, Germany, 1987; 2nd prize, International Composition Competition of the City of Monchengladbach, Germany, 1985; 2nd prize, Alfred S. White Award, 1985: Conservatorium Association Award, 1985; Patenring Scholarship, Darmstadt, 1984;. Raymond Hanson Prize, 1982.

Major International Performances (a selection)
Selected to represent Australia at the Paris Rostrum in 1991 and 1994; the Asian Composer's League Festival in 1992 and 1993; the Bourges Electronic Music Festival in 1991; the Stockholm Electronic Music Festival in 1990; the Darmstadt International Summer School in 1984, 86, 88 and 90;the ISCM World Music Days, in 1985.

Commissions (a selection only) Les Coucous Benevoles 1994; Harry Sparnay, 1993; Song Company, 1991; Simone Young 1991; Elision, 1987, 89, 91; Duo Contemporain,1989; Sydney Chamber Choir, 1989; Swedish Government, 1988; Aust. Opera/Shell Australia, 1987; Aust. Chamber Orch.,1986; Synergy, 1986.

NSW Con of Music High School, 1987-89; Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, 1992-93; Uni. of Western Sydney, Nepean, 1994-96; James Cook University, 1997 -

Musical Director, The Antipodes Festival, Berlin, 1989 Executive Committee, The Fellowship of Australian Composers, 1987-89 Editorial Panel, Ossia, A Journal of Contemporary Music, Sydney 1989-90 Artistic Sub-committee, Contemporary Music Events Company, Melbourne 1993. Editor, Melbourne Symphony New Music News, Vols 1- 6, 1992-93 Australian Delegate to the Asian Composers League Festival, Wellington, New Zealand, 1992. Composition Tutor for the 1996 Australian Composer's Orchestral Forum,(formally NOCS, the National Orchestral Composers School). Panel member of the 1996 Sounds Awards (AMC) Committee. Adjudicator for Australian Music Centre Composer Representation, 1992 - Freelance Writer/Presenter for ABC FM and Radio National, 1989-91. Board member - Professional Arts Working Group (PAWG), Townsville, 1998 - 1999 Director - Arts Exposure at James Cook University, 1999 - Panel member of the Score Reading Panel of Symphony Australia (formerly part of the ABC) 1999 - Board member - Australian Music Centre 2000 - Sound Designer - The Cultural Festival (2000/01/02), Palm Creek Folk Festival (2000/01), The River Festival (2002) Director - The Sound Space, 2001 - Director and Event Manager of the Thuringowa River Festival 2002

Published Articles (a selection)
Whiticker, Michael. "Asia-Pacific Festival 1992." Ossia Number 3, Atmn.1993. Whiticker, Michael. "Morton Feldman: Conversation without Cage" Ossia Number 1, Winter 1989. Whiticker, Michaell. "An interview with Michael Finnissy" Ossia Number 2, Spring 1990. Whiticker, Michael. "Isang Yun, a portrait", Yun Festschfift, Bremen, 1992. Whiticker, Michael. "Australian Composition 1990" The Antipodes Booklet, May 1990. Whiticker, Michael. Various articles, Melbourne Symphony, New Music News Vols 1- 6, (1992-93)

Composer Portraits (a selection)
Radio: Crawford, John. New Music Australia, ABC FM, July 20, 1994 Lane, Terry. ABC Regional Radio Network, 10 April 1992. Schwartz, Laurie. The Antipodes, RIAS 1, May 1990, Berlin. Lehman, Chris & Markut, Sharon. "On the Western Front, Composers kick-off." 2MBS, March 26, 1996. Television:The Interval Segment, The Australian Opera, ABC Television, 9 August 1986

Publishers (Scores or archive held at AMC)
La Trobe University Press (Melbourne)
BMG Arioso (Milan)
Allens (Melbourne)
Five Line Publishing (London)
Currency Press (Sydney)
AMEB (Fed. Office - Melbourne)