John Bostock

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Born in Sydney, Australia, 9.1.54. John Bostock composes concert music and music for dance. His music has been performed in Israel and Australia by such ensembles as the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Musica Nova Consort, the Israel Contemporary String Quartet, and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. In March 2006, his work: Music for Eight Instruments was performed by the Israel Contemporary Players (21st Century Ensemble) in both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. In October, 2004 he graduated with a Ph.D in Compostion from the University of Sydney after studying with Arie Shapira (Israel) and Anne Boyd (Sydney, Australia). He had previously studied composition with Leon Schidlowsky (Israel) and Ross Edwards (Sydney). Bostock has twice been awarded the \'Golden Feather\' Prize from ACUM (the Society of Authors, Composers and Music Publishers in Israel) most recently in 2004 for his work When Thou My Love Who for tape and small ensemble, and in 2000 for his String Quartet No. 1. In 1996 his work: In Memoriam for Symphony Orchestra was among the three final compositions performed by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in a competition honouring the 60th birthday of the orchestra. In 2002 he was the recipient of a grant which enabled him to release the CD Works 1993 – 2001. His works have been recorded for broadcast by the Voice of Music Israeli radio station where his compositions have been broadcast regularly. His works are published by the Israel Music Institute and the Israel Music Centre and are also available from the Australian Music Centre library. Bostock was admitted as a member to the Israel Composers\' League in 1995, and has been a Represented Composer in the Australian Music Centre Library since 1997. Bostock\'s most recent works combine eclectic influences ranging from Renaissance music to Messiaen and Shapira. They may be both challenging and accessible to the listener, involving the use of complex instrumental intonations and incorporating the use of computer generated sounds and interfaces interacting with live performance.