Andrián Pertout was born in Santiago, Chile, 17 October, 1963, and lived in Gorizia, Northern Italy for several years before finally settling in Melbourne, Australia in 1972. In 2007, he completed a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree at the University of Melbourne on Tweddle Trust, Australian Postgraduate and Melbourne Research scholarships, studying composition under the guidance of Brenton Broadstock. Composition awards include the Boston Metro Opera ‘Mainstage Award’ (USA), Jean Bogan Prize, ‘John Cage Centennial’ Wolf Museum of Music and Art Composition Prize (USA), Friends & Enemies of New Music Composition Prize (USA), International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition (Greece), UnTwelve Composition Prize (USA), Dorian Le Gallienne Composition Prize, Betty Amsden Award, Louisville Orchestra Prize (USA), Oare String Orchestra Judges’ and Audience Prize (UK), Michelle Morrow Memorial Award, and the Zavod Jazz/Classical Fusion Award. He is currently the Australian Delegate of the ACL (Asian Composers’ League), Honorary Fellow at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (University of Melbourne) and National Academy of Music (Thessaloniki, Greece), and between 2009 and 2013 was President of the Melbourne Composers’ League. As well as being a freelance composer, he additionally works as composition lecturer, teacher, supervisor and examiner at the University of Melbourne at Bachelor, Masters and PhD levels.
He has received numerous commissions, including a Concertino-Doppio for alto saxophone, harp and string orchestra commissioned by the American Harp Society, Inc. New York, NY (USA), the ‘Compulsory Chilean Work to be Performed by all Competitors’ of the 2011 Concurso Internacional de Ejecución Musical ‘Dr. Luis Sigall’ (Chile), a new solo work for Paris-based pianist María Paz Santibañez (France), and a work for robot orchestra incorporating thirty-seven automats for the Logos Foundation Robot Orchestra (Belgium), as well as other works commissioned by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Chorale, Orquesta de Cámara de Valdivia (Chile), saxophonist Noah Getz (USA), toy pianist Phyllis Chen (USA), and Ensemble MD7 (Slovenia). Julian Burnside AO QC has additionally commissioned several works for performance by the University of Hong Kong Gamelan Orchestra and Australian pianist Michael Kieran Harvey, while the City of Melbourne commissioned Symétrie intégrante for flute, organ and electronics for performance by Andrew Blackburn and Jean Penny as part of the 2007 ‘Melbourne Town Hall Organ Project’. Film Music commissions include works that have been written to accompany over twenty documentary and short films, television programs, as well as commercials, computer games and stage productions. Highlights of this part of Andrián’s career include composing for documentary films such as East Meets West (1984), Ibrahim (1984), The Murray River Quest (1985), Hope Street (1987) and The Australian Ballet (1990).
Andrián’s music has received performances at festivals such as the ISCM World Music Days 2005, 2007 and 2010 (Croatia, Hong Kong and Australia), 33e Festival d’Automne á Paris (Paris, France), and the 22nd, 26th, 27th, 30th, 31st and 32nd ACL Conference & Festival 2002, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2014 (Korea, New Zealand, Israel, Singapore and Japan). His music has also been performed in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Finland, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, Slovenia, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, UK, USA, Venezuela, and Vietnam by orchestras, ensembles and performers that include the Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, Orchestra Victoria, The Louisville Orchestra (USA), Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra (Israel), Orquestra Petrobrás Sinfônica (Brazil), Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México (Mexico), Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra (Vietnam), Orquestra Cia Bachiana Brasileira (Brazil), Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico), The Foundation Orchestra (USA), Orquesta Sinfónica de Chile and Concepción (Chile), Orquesta de Cámara de Chile and Valdivia (Chile), Logos Foundation Robot Orchestra (Belgium), University of Hong Kong Gamelan Orchestra (China), La Chapelle Musicale de Tournai (Belgium), Oare String Orchestra (UK), Noah Getz (USA), Phyllis Chen (USA), Michael Kieran Harvey (Australia), Ónix Ensamble (Mexico), Ensamble Contemporáneo (Chile), Ensemble MD7 (Slovenia), Quinteto CEAMC (Argentina), Sonemus Ensemble (Bosnia-Herzegovina), Ensemble TIMF (Korea), Omni Ensemble (USA), and the Ensemble für Neue Musik Zürich (Switzerland).