Corrina Bonshek (PhD Western Sydney University) is a Gold Coast based composer best known for her immersive, site-responsive large-ensemble works inspired by nature. Her music has been described as ‘sonically attractive’ (Loudmouth 2020), ‘meditative and euphonious’ (Journal of Music 2021), with ‘pared-back language and gentle, reflective motion’ (The Irish Times) and ‘connected to the essence of South-East Asian music – timelessness’ (Chinary Ung, 2015).
Corrina regularly composes for festivals and has created music for Taipei International Festival of the Arts (2017), Rainforest Fringe Festival Sarawak Malaysia (2019), Singapore Arts in Your Neighbourhood Festival (2022), Bleach* Festival (2017,2018, 2021), 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Arts & Culture Festival, Hervey Bay Whale Festival, and more. In 2021, she formed Corrina Bonshek & Collaborators Limited, to support the creation of innovative music-led events that open the heart, uplift the spirit, and celebrate the connection of humans to nature and each other.
Corrina’s concert music has been released on USA-based Navona Label and independent releases by Alex Raineri (Inventions) and Jason Noble (Chi’s Cakewalk). It is regularly performed in Australia, and increasingly in Europe, USA, and Asia. In particular, her collaborations in Asia, have been a major influence on her compositional voice, and have led to several prestigious international engagements including resident composer at the 2015 Experimental Thai Music Laboratory of Burapha University in Thailand, inaugural visiting scholar of 2016 Nirmita Institute for Young Composers in Cambodia. In 2018, she was a finalist in Australia Art Music Awards – Instrumental Work of the Year category for Up in the Clouds, a work for septet that reimagined Pipa sound-colours and gestures from her solo work for Taiwanese virtuoso Jasmine Chen. In 2022, she was a finalist in Queensland Music Awards Classical Music Category for Dreams of the Earth, performed by Ady Ensemble under the baton of conductor and artistic director Adrian Head.
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