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Australian trumpeter/composer/sound artist, Peter Knight, is a multidisciplinary musician who has gained wide acclaim for his eclectic approach, which integrates jazz, world music, and experimental traditions. Peter’s work as both performer and composer is regularly featured in a range of ensemble settings, he also composes for theatre and creates sound installations. In late 2012 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Australian Art Orchestra.
Perpetually curious, Peter’s practice defies categorisation; indeed he works in the spaces between categories, between genres, and between cultures developing an international following for his work with nine albums in as many years showcasing a diverse range of ensembles and approaches: “Hard to categorise… hauntingly memorable” The Wire (UK). “Falling into an utterly genre-less wormhole” Cyclic Defrost. “Honest, inventive and original” Hour Magazine Montreal. Most recently Peter’s sextet album Fish Boast of Fishing, was featured on BBC Jazz on 3 and described as, “a serious work of stringent originality performed by an ensemble that deserves to be heard much more widely.”
Peter performs live regularly, and in 2012/13 he toured solo to Singapore, Korea, Japan, UK, Slovenia, Italy, USA and Canada. He also recently travelled through China and the Australian Outback with ‘Clocked Out’; South America, the UK, Norway, and Denmark with his acclaimed cross-cultural sextet ‘Way Out West’, and traversed Australia numerous times with a range of other projects. He had a new work for extended brass quintet commission and premiered by Australian Brass Quintet and also developed an international collaboration with Korean singer/multi-media artist, Sunny Kim. In addition he has created several acclaimed audio-led hybrid performance works with long-time collaborator, Tamara Saulwick including, Pin Drop, Seddon Archives, and most recently, Endings which premieres in early 2015.
Peter is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including most recently an Australia Council Music Fellowship. He was also recognised with a 2012 Bell Jazz Award (Fish Boast of Fishing) and two nominations for the APRA/AMC Art Music Awards (2011/2010). In 2011 he was nominated for a Green Room Theatre Award 'Best Composition and Sound Design' for an electro-acoustic score created for the hybrid theatre/sound piece Pin Drop (which also won 'Outstanding Production' at the same awards). In 2009 Way Out West received a Bell Award for and one of Peter’s compositions for Way Out West was nominated for the APRA Awards, ‘Jazz Composition of the Year.’ Peter also received the Rolston Music Fellowship in 2007 from Banff Centre for the Arts enabling him to take up a Banff Centre composer’s residency.
Peter’s work has also been supported by grants from the Ian Potter Trust, Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Victoria, Alan C. Rose Trust, Australia Korea Foundation, Australian International Cultural Council, and The Myer Foundation. In 2005 he was awarded the Keith and Elizabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship. He holds a doctorate from Queensland Conservatorium and was named QCGU’s 2013 Alumnus of the Year.