Nicole Murphy


Australian composer Nicole Murphy is the recipient of various awards, including the Theodore Front International Orchestral Prize (2013), the Definiens C3 International Composer’s Award (2011), the Alan Lane Award for Composition (2004), the Collusion/QCGU Composition Prize (2004), and the A.G. Francis Prize for Composition (2001). In 2012, Nicole was chosen as the composer selected to represent Australia at the 30th Asian Contemporary Music Festival in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Nicole has been commissioned by eminent arts organisations including the Australian Ballet, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Wild Rumpus (San Francisco), Chamber Sounds (Singapore), Ba Da Boom Percussion, and the Definiens Project (Los Angeles). Her music has been performed at various international festivals, including the Gamper Contemporary Music Festival, the Dallas Festival of Modern Music, the Bowdoin International Music Festival and the Atlantic Music Festival.

Nicole completed her Master of Music degree at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in 2011, under the tutelage of Dr. Gerardo Dirié. During her undergraduate degree she studied under Gerard Brophy, graduating in 2004 with a Bachelor of Music (Composition) with First Class Honours. She is represented as an Associate Artist by the Australian Music Centre and is published by Wirripang. She holds the position of Composer-in-Residence at the Queensland Academy for Creative Industries and is currently completing a PhD at the University of Queensland.

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Featured Works

Surface II, for violin, cello & piano.

The piece is inspired by the following quote from The Kamikaze Mind by Richard James Allen: “When you finally get inside you realise that there is no outside, only a single curving surface, and that where you are was constructed by the imagination of where you were”.

Featured in Playlist 8 – String Waves, 31/08/2015

Untangled, for flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin & cello.

Featured in Playlist 1 – Chamber Waves, 31/01/2015


Nicole Murphy was interviewed for the Making Conversation: Australian Composers’ Podcast, Episode 19, 08/05/17.