2016 Benjamin Northey Award
Louis Steven's work:
As It stands I am halfway through my honours year studying composition under the esteemed Australian composer Elliot Gyger and will continue my studies through next year. In the future I am looking to study abroad and complete a Masters of Music, specialising in music for film and other platforms. Right now I am looking at such institutions as NYU Steinhart, The Berklee Institute of Music and the Royal Academy of Music London. I am excited to by the possibilities of this next step an hope to being studying in the year 2019 overseas.
Lately I have been writing and orchestrating arrangements for the Melbourne Opera company, where I am still playing Double Bass. This year a group of musicians travelled by the broadway sensation Silvie Paladino to china where they spent two weeks travelling. For this tour Melbourne Opera asked me to write several of the arrangements which were performed at some of the biggest venues across china. Silvie being impressed with my arrangements has asked me to arrange the song ‘Man of La Mancha’ for her New Year’s day performance with the Australian Pops orchestra at Hamer hall. Hopefully this will lead to more work in the industry of orchestrating and arranging.
I have also been doing some work for Andrew Dale and the Ballarat Grammar School music department. Just recently I have re-orchestrated and arranged the School song-’Serva Fidem’ and the School Anthem-‘Jupiter Hymn’ for this year’s year 12 speech night celebration. After being commissioned by Nicci Della this year to compose a String Orchestra piece (‘A Light that Burns’) which was performed on their European tour, it is fantastic to still be working with my school and re-affirming the strong relationship I have with the music department. After meetings with the school I look forward to continuing to work with the school throughout next year.
Thank you for the continued support from the Ballarat Arts foundation.
I wish you best for the year 2018.