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The Cybec Foundation supports the MSO to organise and run the Cybec 21st Century Australian Composers’ Program each year.

The program selects four participants to be mentored by leading Australian composers and compose a 10-minute piece. The four pieces are performed by the MSO in a showcase, following which, one of the four participants is chosen as the MSO’s Young Composer in Residence and commissioned to write further pieces.

Since 2003 when the program was introduced, 60 composers from across Australia have had works commissioned and performed by the MSO. All have continued onto widely diverse creative practices and the MSO has offered several subsequent commissions to graduates of the program.


Applications are now closed for 2022.

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Alex Turley – 2022 Cybec Young Composer in Residence

Alex Turley is an Australian composer whose work explores the subtleties of musical texture through a fine atmospheric lens. Having participated in the MSO’s Cybec Young Composer program, Alex Turley was named the 2022 Cybec Young Composer in Residence.

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Mary Finsterer – Lead Mentor and Artistic Advisor

Described by critics as one of Australia’s most innovative composers, the music of Mary Finsterer spans more than three decades. Throughout that time her music has traversed a range of approaches that brings together current innovations with Renaissance inspired style, from the concert platform through to music for the screen.

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L-R: Monica Curro (Second Violin), Mark Holdsworth (MSO 2019 Cybec Young Composer in Residence), Jordan Moore (participant), Wendy Clarke (Associate Principal Flute), Roger Riordan (The Cybec Foundation), Tianyi Lu (MSO Cybec Assistant Conductor), Daniel Riley (participant), Robert Cossom (Percussion), Alastair McKean, Shane Hooton (Associate Principal Trumpet). Missing: Lisa Cheney (participant)

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