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Channel 7 Christmas Concert
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Thomas Fitzgerald, Chika Sydney 2008
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Thomas Fitzgerald, Peggy Glanville-Hicks Salons
Chika Soundtrack
Tom Fitzgerald and Martin Hayes
Composer - Violinist - Conductor

In recent times Tom has won a Gold medal at the New York International Media Awards for music composition and a United Nations Peace Award for Music and Community with his Peacesong Tapestries Project. In addition, his original music for CHIKA was a finalist in the Australian Walkley awards. Tom has been the recipient of a Peggy Glanville Hicks Composer Fellowship and also won a Residency as Artist-in-Residence at the ABC Centre in Ultimo in Sydney.
Tom Fitzgerald has also composed a diverse range of music for Film and Television projects, as well as for Live Concert and Musical Theatre Events. These include productions with Patrick White for the A.B.C., and award winning scores for ABC Television Natural History Film Unit. He has scored for Feature Films and Multi Media projects, including "Snapshot", "Stanley" and "The Good Cook" and was nominated for an Academy Award for his film score in "Turtle World".
Tom's live concert performances include working with well-known artists such as Elton John, Dionne Warwick, Sting, James Taylor, Nancy Wilson, and Sammy Davis Jnr., as well as Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, The Australian Chamber Orchestra and contemporary ensembles on violin. Tom has worked extensively in New York City, in contemporary music concerts and also on Broadway for musicals, such as "Evita", in recording studios there.
As a Musical Director, Tom has conducted Symphony Orchestras and directed productions for The State Orchestra of Victoria, for The ABC Queensland Symphony Orchestra, as well as Chamber Orchestra Ensembles in Australia and the United States. Also directing and or conducting several major television broadcast, live Concert Events for Melbourne International Arts Festival, Channel 7 Christmas Concert & Moomba. Musical Theatre Production credits include "Les Miserables" in Australia, as Conductor/assistant Musical Director/Orchestra Leader, and "The Phantom of the Opera" as musical consultant.
Recent Australian projects include Composer and Musical Director for "The Opening Ceremony", Melbourne International Festival of Arts, and creating music and sound design for major Television Advertising Commercials.
As the continuing director of One Earth Orchestra, Tom has brought together an exciting new Australian music ensemble of eighteen (plus) musicians, that workshop and perform the new works of International and Australian composers, such as Steve Reich, Stephen Ingham, David Baker, Keith Humble, Peter Sculthorpe and Tom Fitzgerald. The group comprises electric bass, drums, percussion, flute, string section, keyboard, opera soloists and vocalists. The "wild" expressive style blends contemporary electric sounds, orchestral and tribal textures, frequently incorporating improvisation within scored sections of material, spoken word and collaborating with multimedia artists.
Tom composed the music for “Chika”, a documentary performance created by Mayu Kanamori. The ABC Radio National program of “Chika” was a finalist in the Radio Feature, Documentary or Broadcast Special category of the Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism.
Tom completed his Doctoral Thesis in Composition at University of Wollongong University. He also holds Master of Music and Bachelor of Music (Hons) from Melbourne University and was a graduate student in the USA at Indiana University and New York City. Educational appointments have included sessional lecturer at Melbourne University, Scotch College, Melbourne Grammar, M.L.C. Kew and Wesley College.
Tom was awarded the ABC Radio Arts/Australia Council New Media Artist-in-Residence and a Peggy Glanville Hicks Composer Fellowship. Following this he was appointed a trustee of The Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composers' House, the house was the residence of leading composer Peggy Glanville-Hicks and was her gift to the future of Australian music.
Shower Songs - Canaries in the Mineshafts, a radiophonic musical composition created during the composer's residency premiered on ABC Radio National networks. Further two programs exploring the renaissance of Irish Music were presented by Thomas Fitzgerald and Siobhan McHugh and broadcast on ABC Radio National.
Additional innovative projects include Peace Song Tapestries. Devised by Tom, the on-going project invites young people to discover new ways for social harmony and peace through the power of music. Contributed works form part of a SBS Radio/Internet Broadcasts, and were woven by musical director 'Dr Tom' into a music and soundscape Tapestry, showcasing the songs of peace in concert during the Sydney Harmony Day celebrations. Visit the Peace Songs website to learn more about this project visit the wesite: peacesongs.com.au

Grants & Awards

Pa Best Original Music Award, 2015 Sienna International Festival. Best short film at Venice Film Festival 2015
Midsummer Nights Dream  Melbourne Theatre Critics Award for Best Musical Composition & Direction. 2014
Turtle World Film score nominated for an Academy Award
Chika The ABC Radio National program of “Chika” was a finalist in the Radio Feature, Documentary or Broadcast Special category of the Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism.
ABC Radio Arts/Australia Council New Media Artist-in-Residence
Peggy Glanville Hicks Composer Fellowship

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