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View the standard biography or a version in point form.

There is also a biography online at the Australian Music Centre site.

Standard biography

Andrew Batterham looking seriousAndrew was born in Melbourne. His father was an engineer and his mother a librarian. There was a lot of music in the Batterham household, leading to an early interest in music. At school Andrew studied piano, trumpet, organ and composition, and participated in many school and community groups in the Frankston area.

Upon the completion of school, Andrew commenced studies in composition at the Faculty of Music, University of Melbourne. He studied pipe organ with Douglas Lawrence and composition with Peter Tahourdin and Brenton Broadstock, complementing these with a strong involvement in the student movement on campus. Additional composition lessons were provided by Barry Connyngham and Michael Easton. During this time Andrew attended two National Music Camps in Sydney as one of the inaugural participants in the Young Composer program, under the direction of Graham Hair.

In 1991 Andrew began his post-graduate studies at the Victorian College of the Arts. These involved composition direction from Mark Pollard, and once again a heavy involvement in student activities and concerns. By now Andrew was working regularly with big bands, latin bands and at corporate events around Melbourne as a trumpet player and arranger.

In 1994 Andrew won the Qantas Youth Award section of the Paul Lowin Prize in for his chamber work Triptych. As a result, in 1995 he travelled to Los Angeles, New York and London to study, a trip which included lessons from Broadway arranger Ian Finkel and renowned English composer John McCabe. The same year he was the inaugural winner of the Queensland Philharmonic's Corbould Composition Prize for his orchestral work Thugine Legend.

In 1997 Andrew attended the Australian Composers Orchestral Forum under the tuition of Richard Mills, where his orchestral work Cortége was premiered by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. In 1999 he received a Commendation for his entry in the Albert H. Maggs Composition Award. Around this time Andrew began to write much music for the educational field, including A Matter of Honour for Kieran Conrau and the Blackburn High School orchestra. He also commenced writing for the brass band movement, including works for state championships throughout Australia.

In 2000 Andrew was commissioned by Symphony Australia to write a work for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, resulting in The End of All Journeys, premiered in 2002. The Melbourne Symphony have also performed Thugine Legend several times over the years. Further educational commissions followed, including Three Portraits for Musica Viva Victoria, and Bold as Brass for the NSW Education department.

Andrew remains active in the band world, composing Highwayman for the New Zealand National Brass Band championships in 2001, and A Golden Summer's Day for the Australian Championships in 2002, as well as supplying a test piece for the 2002 Tasmanian Championships. His band music has been performed and recorded by several A grade bands, as well as high profile performers such as James Morrison. Andrew's brass band music is published by Muso's Media.

Two of Andrew's rock songs received certificates of commendation in the Australian Songwriter's Association National Songwriting Contest in 2000, and received further exposure as the soundtrack to ATV10's Extreme Sports program. In recent years Andrew has moved increasingly into the screen music field with music for several short films, TV commercials and corporate video soundtracks.

Recent classical commissions include Song for Gariwerd and Weaving Hochkirk for the Hamilton Arts Festival and Pipe Music for Orchestra Victoria. Recent educational commissions include Malletopia for Nonie Flynn and the Methodist Ladies' College orchestra, Vanguard for the Caulfield Grammar School symphonic band and Kaleidescope for Xavier College. Commercial work includes tracks for the jogging website Run 2 Rhythm and various music for the Hampton Film Festival.

Andrew is represented by the Australian Music Centre and is listed as a composer in the International Who's Who of Music and Musicians Directory. His music is published or distributed by Reed Music and Future Music.

Point form biography

  • Biographical details
    • 1987, 1988 - Participation in National Music Camps in Sydney, Young Composers stream
    • Camp composition tutor was Graham Hair
    • 1987 to 1990 - Studied composition at the University of Melbourne
    • Teachers there included Peter Tahourdin, Brenton Broadstock and Barry Connyngham
    • Post-graduate studies at the Victorian College of the Arts with Mark Pollard
    • 1994 - Won Qantas Youth Award of Paul Lowin Prize for Triptych
    • 1995 - Won inaugural Corbould Composition Prize for Thugine Legend
    • 1997 - Participation in Australian Composer's Orchestral Forum with Cortege
    • ACOF orchestra was Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, tutor Richard Mills
    • 1999 - Commendation for Albert Maggs Award
    • 2000 - Commissioned to write The End of All Journeys for Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
    • 2000 - Two songs recieve commendations in National Songwriting Contest
    • 2001 to present - Various brass band commissions for state and national championships
    • Also various work for schools, classical ensembles and community music ensembles
    • Recent work includes TV commercials, corporate work and music for James Morrison
    • Married with four children
  • Major works
    • Nocturne (2008) - for piano
    • Keep Ithaca always in your mind (2008) - for orchestra
    • Memories of another lifetime (2008) - for piano quintet
    • Weaving Hochkirk (2007) - for The Australian Chamber Choir, Douglas Lawrence
    • Kaleidoscope - for Xavier College
    • Pipe Music (2006) - fanfare for brass, pipe organ and timpani, for Orchestra Victoria
    • Malletopia - marimba and orchestra, for Nonie Flynn and Methodist Ladies' College
    • Song for Gariwerd - for the Hamilton music festival
    • Vanguard - for the Caulfield Grammar School Symphonic Band, overseas tour
    • Make a joyful noise - for the Scots church choir, Douglas Lawrence
    • Funkathon (2005) - for the Daryl MacKenzie jazz orchestra
    • Dreamtime fanfare - didgeridoo and brass quintet, for the opening of the Bio 21 building
    • Celebration overture - orchestra, for the Peninsula Youth Music Society
    • Sentinels (2004) - orchestra with vocal soloists, Paul Lowin entry
    • Out There (2003) - pipe organ, Sydney Opera House
    • Duke's Crusade - alto saxophone and piano, for Michael Duke
    • Bold as Brass (2002) - Musica Viva NSW, various combinations
    • Three Portraits (2001) - brass quintet, for Shrewd Brass
    • The End of All Journeys - the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
    • A Golden Summer Day - trumpet and piano
    • A Matter of Honour (2000) - trombone and orchestra, for Kieran Conrau
    • Three Psalms - SATB choir, for Scot's Church
    • Bats in the Belfry (1999) - brass band, for the Tasmanian championships
    • Suite for Trumpet and Organ (1998) - for Anthony Pope and Dominic Perrisonotto
    • Cortege (1997) - for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
    • Chiaroscuro - for Perihelion
    • Sonata (1996) - pipe organ
    • Yaraan Do - chamber orchestra
    • Thugine Legend (1994) - for the Queensland Philharmonic, winner of the Corbould prize
    • Triptych - chamber ensemble, winner of the Qantas Youth Award, Paul Lowin Prize
    • Maniacs and Broken Glass (1989) - for Eliseon

For a complete list of output, see List of Works.