Edward Primrose is a composition graduate from the Canberra School of Music studying with Larry Sitsky, Donald Hollier, and Don Banks. He won the ASME Young Composers Award in 1980 for French Suite and has been commissioned by, among others, the Melbourne and Canberra Symphony Orchestras, and the Seymour Group. He studied conducting with John Curro and Ezra Rachlin and made his conducting debut in 1979 with Offenbach’s La Belle Helene.
He spent several years in the UK and France as composer for theatre, dance, video, and film. After returning to Australia he was a regular orchestral recording conductor specialising in recording to image. In 1996-7 he conducted a series of recordings with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. In 2000, he conducted recordings of works for the Opening Ceremony, Sydney Olympic Games with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. In December 2012, Edward conducted the inaugural SpaceTime Concerto Competition at Newcastle Conservatorium.
Edward Primrose was the founding Artistic Director of Camera Camerata (orchestral music for film recording project) in 1998 with the Australian Youth Orchestra and incorporating teams of filmmakers and composers.
He has taught composition at the University of Western Sydney, Nirimba Contemporary Music Centre, the Australian Institute of Music (as head of Composition & Music Theory 1993-4), the American University in Paris, the University of Sydney, the Centre for Continuing Education, Sydney Film School, Macquarie University, the International Film School of Sydney, Newcastle Conservatorium, Box Hill Institute, Australian Catholic University and the Academy of Film, Theatre & Television. He was Composer in Residence at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) 1995-97. He was then the first to be appointed Lecturer in Screen Composition at AFTRS 1999-2000 and again in 2007-13. He has also lectured at the Queensland Conservatorium and the Griffith University Film School.
Orchestra: Symphony No 2 – In memoriam Don Banks, Cinema Music, Resurrection, I Can’t See You But I Know You’re Here; Neikos; Acragas
Chamber Music: Five Movements for Nine Solo Strings; Otto Tango (versions for string quartet and piano 4 hands); Lignes de faille; Psychotic Osmosis;
Vocal: The opera Hedda; Agon for SATB & ensemble;
Works for the Theatre: Kamera Obskura, Kill Only This One Medea, Aria de mezzo carattere, Misteryaki, The Rood Screen;
Film: Révérence, Humanimation, the dancer from the dance (all nominated for the AGSC/APRA/AMCOS Best music for documentary in 2000, 2002 and 2014).
cine-music-theatre: The Wife of Empedocles; The Art of Lies and Obfuscation;
He wrote, directed and composed the film Kill Only This One; plus incidental music for the radio dramas Ghost Words and Brother Boy for ABC Radio National; and music for the Christopher Hampton play Les Liaisons Dangereuses. In 2014, his radio play Ray and Ponce was broadcast on Soundproof, ABC RN. Recent works include Entre les lines (String orchestra), Lignes de faille (Contrabass sax & 6 trombones), the electroacoustic work One Hour Above Earth, music for short films Little Heart and The Assistant.
As Artistic Director of SphereSonores, Edward has commenced another production vehicle referred to as ‘cine-music-theatre’ – which extends the concept of hybrid forms predicated on an understanding of musical dramaturgy. From this idea has been produced the works Die: a pedagogical fiction, The Wife of Empedocles, and most recently The Art of Lies and Obfuscation.