Paul Castles
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Paul Castles
Dame Joan Sutherland Fund recipient, Composer
Paul is a native of Sydney, Australia, where he attended the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and graduated in 2005 with a Bachelors in Music (Composition), achieving Honours I and a place on the Dean’s List of Academic Excellence. During this period his principal teachers were Nigel Butterley and Mary Finsterer.
Beginning 2006, Paul returned to the Conservatorium to receive a University Postgraduate Award and study for his Masters in Music (Composition) under Dr Trevor Pearce. He was one of four young composers chosen to participate in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers ‘07‐‘08 program, with mentors Nigel Butterley and Brenton Broadstock. His work, Aurelian unturning, was subsequently selected for further performance as part of the orchestra’s Metropolis 2008 concert series. During this period Paul also had works performed by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellows, Willoughby Musical Theatre Society, and the Sensual Sounds concert series.
Since graduating in 2008 with High Distinction, Paul has continued to work with Australian ensembles and performers such as Chronology Arts (chronology ’07, Quintessential ’08, and Playing in Tongues ‘09), the Clock Ensemble, and soprano Michaela Hodgson. He has also worked as a music teacher, and as a writer/reviewer for publications such as Arts Hub Australia and Musique Art.
In 2008, Paul relocated to New York City to join the two year Graduate Music Theatre Writing Program at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Aside from his work in the program as a composer, Paul has also interned with New York City Centre Encores! and contributed to the composer/choreographer/designer project Gesamtkunstwerk: My Mother is a Fish. Paul is deeply grateful for the American Australian Association’s generous support.

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