Alice Chance is a young Australian musician and composer with a defining passion for new music and historical Baroque music, especially when played on authentic instruments.
Her passion about it has been ongoing since she was five years old and first heard Jenny Ericksson play a viola da gamba (a baroque predecessor to the cello) composition at a ‘Sounds Baroque’ Musica Viva school concert. Mesmerised by the instrument, she wanted to learn how to play it. Her parents asked Jenny, who advised they start Alice with the violin and that she could work towards the gamba. Nine years later she began studying her first choice with Jenny as her teacher. Persistence and hard work was rewarded when Alice’s HSC results revealed she had earned a Band 6, which is the highest score possible for music.
The performance of Alice’s brand-new work A Sundried String Quartet on Saturday morning at the Festival includes the world premiere of the third movement, commissioned by the Bellingen Fine Music Festival and performed by the Acacia Quartet.
The first two movements were commissioned, and world premiered, also by the Acacia Quartet, at the Bowral Autumn Festival earlier this year; the fourth movement still has to be written.
Her composition O Pastor Animarum for Viola da Gamba duet, inspired by 12th century composer Hildegard von Bingen, was performed at the Sydney Opera House as part of the HSC 2011 ENCORE series and has also been broadcast on national radio.
Forward to 2012 when she completed honours in Composition with teacher Paul Stanhope at Sydney Conservatorium of Music where she was awarded the Ignaz Friedman Memorial Prize for academic merit in Composition.
Since then Alice has written for many ensembles which have commissioned or premiered her work including The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, The Song Company, The Birralee Blokes, Sydney Conservatorium Early Music Ensemble, Sydney Youth Orchestras, Musica Viva for the Enigma String Quartet, The Australia Piano Quartet, The Australian Boys Choir, The Sydney Children’s Choir, and The Australian Youth Choir