Connor D’Netto (b. 1994) has been described as “the model contemporary Australian composer” by ABC Classic FM.
His music balances rhythmic drive, heartfelt lyricism drawn from his background as a classical singer, textures expanding the limits of instrumental sound, and delicate incorporation of electronic elements. Connor’s music has been commissioned across Australia and abroad, including by the likes of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Australian String Quartet, Goldner Quartet, Mivos Quartet, Katie Noonan, Karin Schaupp and Claire Edwardes.
In 2019, Connor was the Composer-In-Residence of the 2019 Australian Festival of Chamber Music, making him the youngest in the Festival’s 29-year history. He has also held residencies and fellowships with prolific New York new-music collective Bang On A Can in 2017 and with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2016. Connor has been awarded prizes including an APRA Art Music Fund Award 2018 and the Australian New Works Award 2015.
As a performer, Connor is one half of “We Are Breathing” alongside American cellist Ben Baker, creating lush electroacoustic soundscapes fusing contemporary classical, improvisatory, electronica, and post-rock influences.
Recently Connor graduated from a Masters of Music as a Tait Trust Scholar at the Royal College of Music in London, his studies supported by the Brisbane City Council Lord Mayors Young and Emerging Artists Fellowship, the Australian Music Foundation and the Churchie Foundation, and holds a Bachelor of Music with First-Class Honours from the University of Queensland.