Kym Dillon Awarded the
2022 Continuo Commission

“…a unique opportunity to explore these older instruments and sounds, piecing together a language and story that can speak to contemporary audiences both familiar and unfamiliar with classical music.”

by Kym Dillon, 2022 Continuo Composer on 2 April, 2022

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We’re delighted to announce that the Continuo Composer for 2022 is Kym Dillon.

We would like to thank our esteemed panel Zoe Knighton, Euan Murdoch and Prof. Linda Kouvaras for their time and incredibly thoughtful consideration of each submission. The Panel were very impressed by the quality of the submissions we received and felt that all of the proposals were worthy of consideration.

We would also like to acknowledge the pioneering support of our first Continuo Commissioning Circle. Their generosity will provide Kym with a wonderful opportunity to continue developing her craft, weaving a new work in collaboration with chamber ensemble “Croissants & Whiskey”.

The Continuo Board and its Directors would like to thank all the other applicants for your outstanding submissions. We recognise the passion and creativity that went into your submissions and encourage you to reapply for future rounds.

“My intention in submitting this application is to collaborate with the ensemble ‘Croissants & Whiskey’, a quartet comprising of Joy Lee (harpsichord), Ryan Williams (recorders), Katie Yap (baroque viola) and Miranda Hill (G Violone).

About the Commission

“Over the last few years I have fallen in love with writing long-form chamber works, drawn in by the unparalleled sense of intimacy and communication that this genre affords. So far these works have all been for relatively common combinations, with my never before having composed for an ensemble of early/baroque instruments.

Collaborating with and composing for Croissants & Whiskey would offer me a unique opportunity to explore these older instruments and sounds, piecing together a language and story that can speak to contemporary audiences both familiar and unfamiliar with classical music. I love finding sonic links between instruments, finding ways to not only celebrate their individual natures but discover the unique worlds that can be created when they are combined.”

– Kim Dillon.

 

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ABOUT KYM

Kym Alexandra Dillon is an award-winning composer, pianist, and presenter currently based in Melbourne and Geelong. She is continuously engaged across a broad spectrum of genres and contexts, from contemporary classical composition, orchestration and arranging, through to jazz performance, accompanying, community choir leading and public speaking about music. 

She completed a Bachelor of Music Performance Honours in composition at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2012, studying under such teachers as Anthony Lyons, Christine McCombe, Mark Pollard, and John McCaughey. She was awarded the ‘Beleura Sir George Tallis Award’ from the ‘Friends of the VCA’ for her work in the course in 2009; and the ‘Beleura John Tallis Award’ in 2010. She composed and performed two original jazz works for the VCA Improvisation Series in 2009, for which her ensemble won the ‘Athanaeum Prize’. In 2023 she completed her Masters of Composition at the University of Melbourne, under supervisors Elliott Gyger and Melody Eötvös, receiving first class honours. While undertaking this course she was awarded the ‘Completion scholarship’ enabling her to stage a performance of her large-scale song cycle Diapsalmata: Portrait of a Self. She was also awarded the the Melbourne Recital Centre/Melbourne Conservatorium of Music Composition Award for 2024.