Sydney-born ALAN HOLLEY (b.1954) began composing in 1974. Regularly performed and broadcast in Australia since the mid-1970s, in the past decade Alans music has become increasingly well-known in America and Europe.
Compositions include the opera Dorothea (1988), five song cycles, and numerous works for small ensembles and solo instruments. Larger-scale compositions include Chamber Symphony (2003), The Winged Viola (2004) for solo viola and ensemble, together with the trumpet concerto Dopplers Web (2005) and A Line of Stars (2007), both works commissioned and performed in the Concert Hall of the Opera House by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Keenly interested in instrumentation, Holleys music is characterised by the exploration of intense textures, simple structures and melodic fragments. Holley also teaches trumpet and composition, and his flute and trumpet works are included in the Australian Music Examinations Board syllabus. EMI Australia have published two collections: Summer Bird and other pieces for trumpet and Birds of Opal and other pieces for flute. CDs of chamber and vocal music include Ophelia and Masquerade on the MBS label.
Alan may be contacted on email: email@example.com