Curator, academic and musicologist Robyn Holmes will be given the Distinguished Services to Australian Music award at the 2018 Art Music Awards.
Robyn Holmes spent 17 years at the National Library of Australia. where she was involved with Music Australia as well as the acquisition of papers by significant Australian composers including Peter Sculthorpe, Richard Meale, Ross Edwards, Nigel Butterley and Don Burrows.
Robyn was a curator at the National Library of Australia and was an architect in shaping Australia’s music culture.
“Robyn Holmes’ contribution to Australian cultural life over many years is indeed significant, and her fine achievement in collecting and preserving the legacies of others has facilitated access for all to the people and the stories that shape our art form”, said John Davis, CEO of the Australian Music Centre.
The Art Music Awards celebrate achievements in Australian contemporary classical, jazz and experimental music.
At the 2018 event live performances have been curated by musical director Gabriella Smart. The event will feature finalist and jazz icon Sandy Evans with Bobby Singh and Adrian Sherriff. Jonathan Grieves-Smith will lead his choir Hallelujah Junction and, following Gabriella’s involvement with ‘The Titjikala Project’, theTitjikala Women’s Choir will take the stage to perform. 2018 Art Music Awards finalist Matthew Horsley will perform on his Uilleann pipes accompanied by electronics, and Melbourne pianist Timothy Young and cellist Svetlana Bogosavljevic will perform work commissioned by Musica Viva from young South Australian composer Jakub Jankowski.