Biography

Sally Greenaway (b.1984) is a multi-award winning composer hailing from Canberra, Australia. She has earned herself the reputation of being a versatile and diverse musician, and as a result is highly sought after as a musical director, jazz and classical pianist, teacher and composer/arranger.

Greenaway's writing spans a wide assortment of styles and genres, including classical solo, chamber and orchestral works, jazz ensemble and big band works, as well as film, advertising and documentary soundtracks.

Greenaway is a post-graduate from the Royal College of Music, London, UK, where she received the Lucy Anne Jones award, studying composition and orchestration. She is also a graduate of the ANU School of Music Jazz Department specializing in jazz piano.

As a pianist Greenaway has toured and performed around Australia performing at festivals and special concerts. During her time living in London she played jazz piano at the London Chopin Festival on Steinway's unique 'Ferrari' grand piano, and at the Dorchester Hotel in Mayfair on Liberace's rhinestone grand piano.

Greenaway is well known in the Australian music scene, having worked with many of Australia's music ensembles, ranging from school and community ensembles to Australia's leading orchestras and chamber ensembles. She is regularly invited to give masterclasses and workshops and adjudicate competitions, including the Young Virtuoso Awards for the Fine Music Network. She was Musical Director for ConneXion Big Band for 10 years and is often invited as guest Musical Director for a range of ensembles including choirs, big bands and concert bands.

Greenaway has held lecturing posts at the Canberra Institute of Technology's Music Industry Centre and Sydney Conservatorium Jazz Department and has given masterclasses and guest lectures at the Music Departments of Monash University (Melbourne), the Australian National University (Canberra) and the Royal College of Music (London).

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  • 2018 - Life Canberra 'Women of Spirit Awards' - Finalist
  • 2017 - APRA Art Music State Award: Instrumental Work of the Year - Winner
  • 2017 - CAPO 'Canberra Weekly' Arts Award - Recipient
  • 2017 - Canberra Critics Circle Award (7 Great Inventions of the Modern Industrial Age) - Recipient
  • 2017 - Short Stop International Film Festival, UK - Nomination: Best Film Score (Car Park) - Finalist
  • 2015 - Canberra Critics Circle Award (Aubade & Nocturne CD) - Recipient
  • 2013 - Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra Composition Contest, USA - Finalist
  • 2010 - Royal College of Music, UK, Lucy Ann Jones Award - Recipient
  • 2009 - Canberra International Music Festival Young Composer Award - Winner
  • 2008 - APRA JazzGroove Mothership Orchestra National Big Band Composition Competition - Winner

Selected Composing Commission Highlights

  • 2017 Musica Viva – Da Vinci’s Apprentice
  • 2017 Riley Lee & Steve Allen – Nature’s Mirages
  • 2016 Myer Foundation & Melbourne Recital Centre – 7 Great Inventions of the Modern Industrial Age
  • 2016 Melbourne Symphony Orchestra – Worlds Within Worlds
  • 2016 Bangalow Music Festival – Don’t Forget Your Music
  • 2015 Steph Burton – Strawberry Thief (3 pieces)
  • 2015 Plexus Trio – Quietude
  • 2015 The Resonants – Resonance
  • 2014 Canberra Symphony Orchestra – A Touch of Christmas
  • 2014 Thea Zimple – Summer Beckons
  • 2014 Australian Youth Orchestra – Elk Branches
  • 2013 Canberra Grammar School - Auróra Musis Amíca
  • 2013 Melbourne Composers Big Band – God Rest Ye Groovy Gentlemen
  • 2013 John Couch - Sin Luz; De La Luz
  • 2013 Patrick Baker - Look to This Day
  • 2012 Restrung New Music Festival - Flywheel

Selected Film & Advertising Original Music Score Commissions

  • 2017 Australian Government, information campaigns (x3): Don’t Be A Jeff
  • 2016 John Frohlich, short film: Car Park
  • 2015 St Vincent de Paul, awareness campaign: CEO Sleepout
  • 2014 ScreenACT, feature film: Locks of Love
  • 2013 John Frohlich, short film: Perhaps Tomorrow
  • 2013 James Hunter, short film: The Invisible Thread

Greenaway's compositions have been performed by a wonderfully diverse range of musicians, from internationally acclaimed artists, to local community and school groups:

Note: this is not an exhaustive list and we apologise if an ensemble or artist is missing from this listing - we'd love to hear from you if you've performed Greenaway's music

Orchestras & Bands

  • Brno Philharmonic Orchestra (Cze)
  • Orchestre de Cuivres d'Amiens (Fra)
  • Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (AUS)
  • Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra (GBR)
  • Canberra Symphony Orchestra (AUS)
  • National Capital Orchestra (AUS)
  • Weston Winds (AUS)
  • Snowy Mountains Ensemble (AUS)
  • Glenorchy Brass Band (AUS)
  • Hall Village Brass Band (AUS)
  • Canberra City Band (AUS)
  • BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (members of) (GBR)
  • Hallé Orchestra (members of) (GBR)
  • Royal Scottish National Orchestra (members of) (GBR)

Choirs & Vocal Ensembles

  • Rajaton (FIN)
  • Kammarkören Musikaliska (SWE)
  • Luminescence Chamber Singers (AUS)
  • The Resonants (AUS)
  • Canberra Choral Society (AUS)
  • Oriana Chorale (AUS)
  • Woden Valley Youth Choir (AUS)
  • Austrian Choir Canberra (AUS)

Soloists

  • Kirsty McCahon, Double Bass
  • Timothy Constable, Percussion
  • Sally Whitwell, Piano
  • John Couch, Guitar
  • Steve Allen, Guitar
  • Riley Lee, Shakuhachi
  • Gillian Pereira, Cello
  • Sally Walker, Flute
  • Barbara Jane Gilby, Violin
  • David Shaw, Flute
  • Monica Curro, Violin
  • Stefan Cassomenos, Piano
  • Sally Maer, Cello

Jazz Ensembles & Big Bands

  • Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra (USA)
  • US Navy Band (USA)
  • RMC Big Band (AUS)
  • Renato Strukelj Big Band (ITA)
  • Dave Pearson Big Band (GBR)
  • JazzGroove Mothership Orchestra (AUS)
  • ConneXion Big Band (AUS)
  • Spectrum Big Band (AUS)
  • Melbourne Composers Big Band (AUS)
  • Synergia Jazz Orchestra (AUS)
  • Blamey Street Big Band (AUS)
  • Canberra Jazz Orchestra (AUS)
  • Brass Knuckle Brass Band (AUS)

Chamber Ensembles

  • Plexus (AUS)
  • Muses Trio (AUS)
  • Syzygy Ensemble (AUS)
  • Trichotomy (AUS)
  • Wicked-Strings! (AUS)
  • Omega Ensemble (members of) (AUS)

Universities & Schools

  • Saratov Region State Music College (RUS)
  • Atholton Wind Ensemble (USA)
  • Wautoma High School Jazz Ensemble (USA)
  • Newcastle Grammar School Bands (AUS)
  • Canberra Grammar School Ensembles (AUS)
  • Bellingen High School Music Dept. (AUS)
  • Telopea Park Band & Orchestra (AUS)
  • Greenaway's composition and piano mentors include:
    • Joseph Horovitz (BBC composer)
    • Debbie Wiseman (Hollywood composer)
    • Jennie Musket (Hollywood composer)
    • Laurence Hobgood (USA Jazz pianist)
    • Mike Moran (BBC composer & jazz pianist)
    • Ken Hesketh (UK composer)
    • Dave Panichi (USA/Aus jazz trombonist & jazz composer)
    • Mike Nelson (Aus jazz pianist)
    • Paul MacNamara (Aus jazz pianist)
    • Brenton Broadstock (Aus composer)
  • Post-Graduate from the Royal College of Music, London UK (2010).
    Recipient of the Lucy Ann Jones Award and several other scholarships.
    • Specialisations: film composition, orchestration, jazz piano
    • Fell in love with historical instruments (square pianos, forte pianos and harpsichords).
  • BMus Graduate from the ANU School of Music, Canberra Aus (2005)
    • Specialisations: jazz piano, jazz arranging/composition
  • Post-Graduate from UC, Canberra Aus (2008)
    • Specialisation: Education (Secondary)
  • LRSM (Licentiate) Piano Performance (2005)
  • Dip.ARBSM Piano Teaching (2003)