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David Chisholm


Born: 1970


Auckland-based David Chisholm is internationally recognized as a composer defined by diverse and hybrid collaboration and a curator and producer of vision and courage. He was composer in residence for Philip Adams’ BalletLab and an Associate Artist for Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne before becoming the founder and director of the highly acclaimed Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music and its roster ensemble Argonaut.

David has undertaken artist residences at HIAP in Helsinki, EMPAC in New York, Centre Intermondes in La Rochelle and Camargo Foundation in Cassis. He was a featured guest of the Encuentro Internacional de Compositores in Santiago, Chile.

David was an inaugural recipient of the Victorian Government’s Creator Grants. He holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne and is currently Urumatua o te Whare o ngā Pūkōrero Pūoro | Head of the School of Music at the University of Auckland. David is published by Babel Scores, Paris.

Composed (9)


11 fado and 1 zarzuela for voice, guitar, portuguese guitar and double bass, 45m

Expanding Pixel Threshold

for piccolo and great bass recorder, 8m 30s

Exquisite Prison

for solo viola

Harp Guitar Double Concerto

for harp and guitar soloists with chamber orchestra, 37m


a sonic installation: requiem for custom built foghorn organ

KURSK: an oratorio requiem

for 10 voices and chamber orchestra, 1h 35m

Luminal: A Lullaby Requiem

for string quartet, 34m

Pierre Boulez a la discothèque

for orchestra, 12m

The Experiment

a musical monodrama, 50m