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Don Kay


Patron - Tasmanian Composers Collective

Don Kay AM was born and educated in Tasmania before completing his music degree at the University of Melbourne. During his London days (1959-64) he studied composition privately with Malcolm Williamson. Since returning to Hobart he has composed much music for professional individuals , ensembles, young performers, amateur groups, theatre, concert and public occasions.

Over time, his music has increasingly resulted from responses to Tasmanian landscape, ecology and history. His compositions include two one-act operas, three concertos, a symphony, vocal, choral, chamber and film as well as theatre music.
Works to have received special awards include:
• The Golden Crane - an opera for young people's theatre (1985)
• Tasmania Symphony: The Legend of Moinee - for cello and orchestra (1989)
• Dance Concertante - for string orchestra (1990)

In 1991 he was appointed a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia for his service to the Arts, particularly in the field of music composition.
Don Kay is currently on the staff of the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, University of Tasmania, where he was Head of Department from 1990–1993.

Biography provided by the composer (undated). © Australian Music Centre 2005

For more information:
Don Kay - Australian Music Centre