A leading composer of her generation – and hailing from Canberra – Sally Greenaway’s music delights audiences and musicians alike through its expression of our most intimate to grandiose experiences of our world, often with a strong focus on nature and our humanity.
Gramophone writes, ‘one of the most striking qualities of Greenaway’s works...is that feeling for landscape which also characterises the music of Peter Sculthorpe or Nigel Westlake, the spacious scoring and meandering melodiousness contributing to a sense of sublime restfulness.’
Greenaway’s music spans a wide assortment of styles and genres, from solo instrumental, chamber and orchestral works, to jazz big band works, as well asas film, advertising and documentary soundtracks.
Her music has been performed by the Melbourne Symphony, Canberra Symphony, Brno Philharmonic, Budapest Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony and Royal Scottish National orchestras; the US Navy Big Band, Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra and Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra; chamber music ensembles Muses Trio, PLEXUS and Syzygy; and by numerous community groups and school music ensembles internationally.
Accolades include an APRA AMCOS / Australian Music Centre Art Music Award (2017), two Canberra Critics Circle Awards (2015, 2017), the Merlyn Myer Composing Women’s Award (2015) and the Canberra International Music Festival’s Young Composer Award (2009).
Greenaway has lectured at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Canberra Institute of Technology Music Industry Centre, and given guest lectures at Monash University, the Australian National University and the Royal College of Music in London. In her spare time, she dabbles in historic keyboard instruments including the harpsichord and clavichord.