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Jazz Pianist & (Film) Composer
PG-Dip Composition (RCM, London), BMus Jazz (ANU, Canberra), LRSM, PG-Dip Education (UC, Canberra)
Winner 2009 Canberra International Music Festival Young Composer Competition
Winner 2008 APRA/JMO National Big Band Composition Competition
Finalist 2012 SWOJO Big Band Composition Award

Sally Greenaway (b.1984) is an award-winning composer and pianist. 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 pianist, teacher and composer/arranger.

Greenaway's writing spans a wide assortment of styles and genres, including numerous classical chamber works, several jazz big band works, and more than 20 film and documentary soundtracks.

As a pianist, Greenaway has toured and performed around Australia with her jazz ensemble, the Sally Greenaway Project, at sell-out concert events. During her stint in London she played jazz piano at the London Chopin Festival on Steinway's unique 'Ferrari' grand piano, and for a private party on Liberace's rhinestone grand piano at the Dorchester Hotel in Mayfair.

Greenaway is well known in the Canberra music scene, having worked with many of Canberra's music ensembles. She is regularly invited to give masterclasses and workshops and adjudicate competitions. She is currently Musical Director for ConneXion Big Band and a member of Wicked-Strings! which features musicians from the Canberra Symphony Orchestra. She also lectures part-time at the Canberra Institute of Technology's Music Industry Centre.

Greenaway is a graduate from the Royal College of Music, London (2010), where she was the recipient of the Lucy Ann Jones Award and several other scholarships. It was there that she focussed on the art of film composition and orchestration, and fell in love with historical instruments, including square pianos, forte pianos and harpsichords.

Her jazz piano and jazz arranging/composition skills were first developed at the Jazz Department at the ANU School of Music, where she obtained a BMus in 2005.

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 & pianist to Freddie Mercury), Dave Panichi (USA/Aus jazz trombonist & jazz composer), Mike Nelson (Aus jazz pianist) and Paul MacNamara (Aus jazz pianist).

Greenaway has won several composition competitions. In 2008 she won the 'Inaugural APRA/JMO National Big Band Composition Competition', with her piece 'Falling of Seasons'. As part of the competition, she conducted her piece for the Mothership Orchestra during a concert at the ABC's Eugene Goossens Hall in Sydney, which was also broadcast live on ABC Classic FM's Jazztrack with Mal Stanley.

In 2009 she won the Canberra International Music Festival Young Composer Award with her version of 'Waltzing Matilda' written specifically for the world-class Finnish vocal group Rajaton.

In 2013 she was a finalist in the Seattle Women's Jazz Orchestra Composition Contest (USA) with her piece 'Dig This Mallow'. The piece has been included in their on-going performance repertoire.

Greenaway is regularly commissioned to write new pieces. Recent commissions include:

  • 'Quietude'
    Chamber work for violin, clarinet, piano, for the centenary of ANZAC, commissioned by Plexus Trio (Melb)
  • 'A Touch of Christmas'
    Orchestration of my Christmas Carol for the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and Woden Valley Youth Choir
    [AMC Listing]
  • 'Locks of Love'
    Film soundtrack for the feature film overseen by ScreenACT
    [AMC Listing]
  • 'Summer Beckons'
    Chamber work for flute and piano, commissioned as part of a song cycle for the poem 'My Love is a House' (M. Hoffman)
    [AMC Listing]
  • 'Música sin luz'
    3 pieces for multi-award-winning guitarist John Couch (Aus/NZ) for his international tour to Mexico and New Zealand and will be released on a forthcoming CD
    [AMC Listing]
  • 'Aurora Musis Amica : Fanfare for Canberra'
    Written for the combined Canberra Grammar Schools and the Centenary of Canberra (2013) as part of the Canberra International Music Festival
    [AMC Listing] [Youtube Video]
  • 'Perhaps Tomorrow'
    A film soundtrack co-written with trumpeter Jonty Hall for the short-film by John Frohlich for the Canberra International Film Festival
  • 'Look to This Day'
    An Art Song for baritone voice and piano for Patrick Baker
    [AMC Listing
  • 'God Rest Ye Groovy Gentlemen'
    For the Melbourne Composers Big Band
    [AMC Listing] [Youtube Video]
  • 'The Invisible Thread'
    A film soundtrack for the short-film by James Hunter for the Centenary of Canberra
    [Youtube Video]
  • 'Flywheel'
    For jazz trio Trichotomy as part of the Restrung New Music Festival in Brisbane 2012
    [AMC Listing] [SoundCloud Audio]

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

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