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Biography

Cyrus Meurant (b.1982) is a graduate of the Conservatorium of Music University of Sydney, where he won both the Frank Albert Prize for Music (2002) and also the Sarah Theresa Makinson Prize for Composition (2003). His teachers have included Anne Boyd, Ross Edwards, Brett Dean, Martin Bresnick, Matthew Hindson, and Richard Meale. A Churchill Fellowship (2006-7) enabled Cyrus to attend studies with Frédéric Durieux (Conservatoire de Paris), Martijn Padding (Koninklijk Conservatorium Den Haag) and Simon Bainbridge (Royal Academy of Music, London). He has completed works for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Martyn Brabbins), The Australian Ballet (conducted by Nicolette Fraillon), The National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), The National College of Dance, The Sydney Omega Ensemble (Artistic Director David Rowden), Orchestra Victoria (conducted by Richard Mills), Sydney Symphony Fellows, Sonic Art Ensemble, Ensemble Signal (conducted by Brad Lubman), the Darwin International Guitar Festival, Australian Youth Orchestra and Symphony Australia Composition Programs.

Cyrus’s music has been set to new choreography at the Theatre Basel, Switzerland, The Place, London, The Sydney Theatre and the Civic Theatre by choreographers including Brett Morgan, Timothy Farrar and Corey Baker. His work has also featured at the World Shakuhachi Festival, June in Buffalo new music festival (New York), the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, the Aurora Festival, Tufts University, Melbourne University, and the Australian National University. His chamber works include Deimos for Marshall McGuire and Riley Lee, Ritournelle for Claire Edwardes and Bernadette Harvey along with Three Night Pieces for Zubin Kanga. Recent projects include the creation of a music picture book Poems for Piotr – a collaboration with artist Lang Leav and singer Angela Little, Triptych performed by New York based Ensemble Signal as well as The Spartans and KLASH, commissioned and premiered by the Australian National College of Dance in 2012 with choreography by Brett Morgan.

Cyrus continues to perform solo recitals of his own compositions for violin and keyboards at venues including The Stone Gallery, Sydney, The Wollongong City Gallery and The Playhouse, Newcastle. A new work Eventide Visions, composed for The Sydney Omega Ensemble was performed at the Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House in 2013.