Melody Eötvös (1984) was born in the Southern Highlands, NSW, Australia. Her work draws on both multi-media and traditional instrumental contexts, as well substantial extra-musical references to a broad range of philosophical, biological, and ancient topics as well as a sustained interest in late 19th-century life and literature.
Accolades include the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation Orchestral Commission administered by the League of American Orchestras & the EarShot Foundation (world premiere: Carnegie Hall October 23rd 2015), the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra International Composition Competition (2016), the orchestral prize for the Red Note Music Festival (2017, USA), was a finalist in the Orchestra Music category of the 2019 Art Music Awards (Australia), and most recently was awarded the Ed Byrnes Commission 2020 (Monash University , Australia).
Eötvös has had her music performed by ensembles and orchestras such as the London Sinfonietta, BBC Singers, The Australian String Quartet, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and has participated in several electronic music festivals including SEAMUS 2011 (US), ACMC 2012 (Australia), and ICMC 2011 (New Zealand).
Commissions in 2021 include The Philadelphia Orchestra (USA), The Australian Chamber Orchestra, and the Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra (USA). Eötvös is a Lecturer in Composition and Aural Studies at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne, Australia.Melody holds a Doctor of Music (2014) from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music USA, and a Master of Music (2008) from the Royal Academy of Music, London UK.