Professor Andrew Schultz

Head of School
BMus (Hons), PhD Qld, MMus London
School of the Arts & Media


+61 2 9385 3871
+61 2 9385 6812
Room 248, Level 2, Robert Webster
Kensington Campus
Fields: Music Composition
Tags: Music, The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance)

Andrew Schultz's teachers and mentors included George Crumb, David Lumsdaine and Luciano Berio and he studied at the Universities of Queensland, Pennsylvania and King's College London. Schultz has been the recipient of various awards and prizes in Australia and overseas, including Australia Council Composer Fellowships, a Fulbright Award, a Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan Award, the APRA Award for Classical Music, the Paul Lowin Award and the Schueler Award.

His music covers a broad range of chamber, orchestral and vocal works and has been performed, recorded and broadcast by leading groups and musicians internationally. Over a fifteen-year period, Schultz has been especially engaged in a series of large-scale dramatic works.

His three operas (Black River, Going Into Shadows and The Children's Bach) have been presented live and on film. Black River (1988) was awarded the Australian National Composer Opera Award and, in its film version by Kevin Lucas, the Grand-Prix, Opera Screen in Paris. Going Into Shadows (2000), commissioned by London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama with assistance from the David Cohen Foundation, was premiered in London and Australia in 2001. Both operas are to texts by his journalist sister, Julianne Schultz. The Children's Bach (2008) was commissioned by ChamberMade Opera and is based on Helen Garner's novel to a libretto by Glenn Perry.

Journey to Horseshoe Bend (to a text by Gordon Kalton Williams) is a cantata based on TGH Strehlow's work in Central Australia and had its first performance in 2003 by the Sydney Symphony, and has since been released on ABC Classics. Another large-scale work is a setting of the Song of Songs with a text by Barry Hill. Scored for 18 voices, the work was commissioned by ABC Radio and The Song Company and had its first performance at the Sydney Opera House in 2004. It was released with other of the composer's choral music on a Song Company CD in 2008. Other works for The Song Company include Ekstasis (1990), Data est lux (1997) and Wildflower (2006) - all to sacred texts.

Schultz's recent orchestral works include Once upon a time... (2006) for The Queensland Orchestra, Endling (2007) for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Ghosts of Reason (2008) for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. The latter work was the Schuller Award recipient in 2008 whilst Endling and Once upon a time... have been recorded by the TSO with the Violin Concerto (Jennifer Pike soloist) for release on ABC Classics. Another recent CD release is a second volume of Schultz's Chamber Music - Suspended Preludes on the Tall Poppies label.

Recent compositions include Beach Burial (2009) for the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and Orchestra and Magnificat (2009) for the Sydney Chamber Choir. Other recent works include Ash-Fire (2001) for the Teatro Lirico Sperimentale, Spoleto, Southern Ocean (1999) for the 50th Anniversary Intervarsity Choir and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (to a text by Margaret Scott), In Tempore Stellae (1998) for the Melbourne Chorale, Falling Man/Dancing Man (2005) for the Melbourne Symphony, and Quicksilver Serenade (2004), Diver's Lament (1996) and The Devil's Music (1992) for the Sydney Symphony. Current projects include a series of chamber works commissioned for an Australia Council Fellowship.

Schultz has held posts and residencies in Europe, Australia and North America including as Head of Composition at the Guildhall School of Music (London), Professor of Composition at the University of Wollongong, Visiting Artist at the Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada) and, since February 2009, Professor of Music at the University of New South Wales in Sydney.


Andrew Schultz, a leading composer, is Professor of Music and Head of the School of English, Media and Performing Arts at UNSW. Schultz studied at the Universities of Queensland and Pennsylvania and at King's College London and he has received numerous awards, prizes and fellowships. His music, which covers a broad range of chamber, orchestral and vocal works, has been performed, recorded and broadcast widely by leading groups and musicians internationally.

He has held many commissions, including from the major Australian orchestras. Schultz has written a number of large-scale works including three operas (Black River, Going Into Shadows and The Children’s Bach) that have been presented live and on film around the world. Other major works include Journey to Horseshoe Bend and Song of Songs. Recent successes include the the Schueler Award (2008), the Paul Lowin Prize (2009), and the Australia Council Fellowship (2009-10). Prior to his current post he was Professor of Composition and Dean of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong and before that, Head of Composition and Music Studies, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London.



Composition seminar - Years one to three, Bachelor of Music.
PhD supervision.

Professional contribution

Australia Council for the Arts:
2009–10 Fellowship, Music Board
2004 Composer Project Fellowship, Music Board
1990 Composer Fellowship, Performing Arts Board
1983 Composer Fellowship – International, Music Board
1982 Composer Fellowship, Music Board.

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Paul Lowin Trust Song Cycle Prize (for To the evening star), Perpetual Trustees, Sydney, 2009.

Schueler Composition Award (for Ghosts of Reason - Symphony No 2), Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Elder Conservatorium, University of Adelaide, 2007.

Highly Commended, Pratt Prize for Opera and Music Theatre (for Going Into Shadows), Melbourne 2002.

Contemporary Classical Composition of the Year (for The Devil's Music, Contrafactum II) Australasian Performing Right Association Music Awards, Sydney, 1994

Grand Prix Opera Screen, International Music Centre (for Black River), Opera Bastille, Paris, 1993

Highly Commended, Paul Lowin Awards (for Dead Songs), Sydney 1991

National Critics Awards, for performance of Black River, Sounds Australian, 1990

State Critics Awards, for performance of Stick Dance, Sounds Australian, 1989

Australian National Composer Opera Award, Australian Music Centre, Sydney, 1988

Hilda Margaret Watts Prize, King's College London, 1986

Albert H Maggs Memorial Composition Award, University of Melbourne, 1986

Scholarship (to United Kingdom), Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan, 1985-86

Fulbright Postgraduate Student Award, Australian-American Education Foundation, 1983

Commonwealth Postgraduate Research Award, University of Queensland, 1982-85

University of Queensland Medal at Graduation for Outstanding Merit, 1982

Dalley-Scarlett Memorial Scholarship, Brisbane, 1981

Qld Uni undergrad. prizes: J. Albert and Son Prizes, 1978 and 1981, Geoffrey Moynihan Prize, 1980, Percy Brier Memorial Prize, 1979, 1980, 1981.

Arnold Prize (Dux), St Peter's College, Brisbane, 1977