Presentation on theme: "William Barton Born (1981-06-04) 4 June 1981 (age 31) Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia Occupation Musician, didgeridoo player Website williambarton.com.au."— Presentation transcript:
William Barton Born (1981-06-04) 4 June 1981 (age 31) Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia Occupation Musician, didgeridoo player Website williambarton.com.au William Barton is an Australian Aboriginal didgeridoo player. He was born in Mount Isa, Queensland on 4 June 1981.
Barton was jointly selected with pianist Tamara Anna Cislowska for the 2004 Freedman Fellowship for Classical Music by the Music Council of Australia. In 2004, he was awarded the Brisbane Lord Mayor's Young and Emerging Artists' Fellowship, and the following year he was a metropolitan finalist for the Suncorp Young Queenslander of the Year Award. He was nominated in the ARIA Music Awards of 2004 for Best Classical Album with ABC Classics recording Songs of Sea and Sky. On 3 October 2012, Barton won the ARIA Music Awards of 2012 for Best Classical Album at the Fine Arts and Artisan awards presented at the Art Gallery of NSW. The ABC Classics release features the title track "Kalkadungu", a collaborative work by Barton and Matthew Hindson, along with solo works by Barton and Peter Sculthorpe's Earth Cry and Requiem
Taught to play the digeridoo from an early age by aboriginal elders, by the age of 12 Barton was working in Sydney, playing for Aboriginal dance troupes. At the age of 15 he toured America, after which he decided he wanted to become a soloist rather than a backing musician and started to study different kinds of music. In 1998, he made his classical debut with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and became Australia's first didgeridoo artist-in-residence with a symphony orchestra. Barton has since appeared at music festivals around the world and has also recorded a number of orchestral works. He featured in Peter Sculthorpe’s Requiem, a major work for orchestra, chorus and didgeridoo, which premiered the Adelaide Festival of Arts in 2004 with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide Voices conducted by Richard Mills. This was reputedly the first time a didgeridoo has featured in a full symphonic work. The work has since been performed in the UK at The Lichfield Festival with The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Birmingham's choir Ex Cathedra, conducted by Jeffrey Skidmore. In May 2004, ABC Classics released Songs of Sea and Sky, an album of works by Peter Sculthorpe revised for didgeridoo and orchestra. Performed by Barton and the Queensland Orchestra conducted by Michael Christie. In 2005, Barton performed at the 90th anniversary Gallipoli at ANZAC Cove, Turkey, and in