Stephen de Filippo was awarded the Dr Harold Schenberg Music Fellowship in 2018.
Stephen de Filippo is an emerging composer from the regional South West of Western Australia who concluded his honours dissertation at UWA in 2017. Stephen’s music features contemporary performance practice as a core element of a composition’s structure – creating works that feature unusual combinations of sounds, with an emphasis on complicated interactions between instruments. He has had the opportunity to collaborate with prominent Australian ensembles including: The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, The Australian Youth Orchestras, The West Australian Symphony Orchestra, and The University of West Australia Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Stephen has had performances in Greece, The Netherlands, Japan, and Singapore.
With the Schenberg Fellowship funds, Stephen will undertake his Masters of Music (composition) at the prestigious University of California – San Diego, studying under figures such as Roger Reynolds, Rand Steiger, and Chinary Ung. UCSD’s course focuses on the creative collaboration between students, practical outcomes, and musical inquiry and research – with a full-time investment in the importance of contemporary musical creativity. He will relocate to San Diego later in 2018, giving him an international base to explore the highest level of music-making with internationally regarded musicians and research facilities.
He will also be in Sweden in August to attend an international music festival, where he will be working with Pierluigi Billone – one of the most innovative and recognisable experimental composers today..