Tristan Coelho


Tristan Coelho is an award-winning Sydney-based composer who specialises in concert music, film and multimedia projects. His works have been performed in Australia and internationally and he has participated in a range of festivals including the Dartington International Summer School, ECCE Ensemble’s Etchings Festival, the Young Composers Meeting in the Netherlands, the NYU/ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop and the Darmstadt International Summer Course for New Music.

Project highlights include read/write error, a commission for Ensemble Offspring’s 20th year celebrations, Smell of the Earth for Tambucco Percussion and works for the Song Company, Chronology Arts Ensemble, the Adelaide and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras and recorder virtuoso Alicia Crossley. Tristan received a Bachelor of Music in composition from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and went on to pursue further study at the Royal College of Music, London. He has studied composition formally with Michael Smetanin, Damien Ricketson, Mary Finsterer, Trevor Pearce and David Sawer amongst others, and piano with Stephanie McCallum.

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Featured Works

read/write error, for alto flute, bass clarinet, violin, cello, percussion and piano.

read/write error, is a glitchy, beat-driven work that draws upon ideas surrounding the digital, data-driven world we find ourselves in. I imagined three types of music being like data scattered across a failing hard drive. Bits of information are strewn here and there with interspersed contrasts brought about by ‘hard cuts’ between ideas (almost like video editing techniques), the fragments of which are then assembled in various ways.

Featured in the playlist Percussive Waves (April 2017)