- Graeme Skinner
(b Wollongong, Nov 25, 1969). Australian composer and conductor. He took composition lessons with Andrew Ford and Andrew Schultz at the University of Wollongong, studied with Peter Sculthorpe at the University of Sydney, and later, as recipient of a Charles Mackerras Scholarship, at the Guildhall School of Music in London. He also spent a period in 1997 at the University of York, which, under the late Wilfrid Mellers, had a long history of welcoming Australian composers and engaging with their music. He completed an MA (honours) degree by thesis at Wollongong in 1994 on ‘aspects of ritual’ in the music of Ross Edwards, and was awarded a PhD in composition from Sydney University in 1999, for a folio of works and an analytical commentary which he subtitled ‘A personal geography.’ The latter term, as he writes elsewhere, aims to convey to the listener a sense of personal optimism, ‘whether this is a reaction to the elemental aspects of the universe (both the celestial and terrestrial) or the throbbing energy of the inner-city.’...