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Robert Davidson is a prolific composer, bassist, lecturer and founder and artistic director of Topology. Davidson studied composition with Terry Riley in California before completing a composition PhD at the University of Queensland.
He previously studied South Indian vocal music in Kerala, India. Davidson’s compositions are regularly performed, recorded and broadcast around the world, in venues including New York’s Lincoln Center, Sydney’s Opera House and London’s Barbican.
All of Australia’s professional orchestras and many leading soloists and ensembles have commissioned and performed his works. With Topology he has released 15 albums, and has directed numerous artistic collaborations with creators of many varied cultural and stylistic backgrounds. He has scored two documentary films: Joyride (Fifty Fifty films 2018), and Strong female lead (Northern Pictures, 2021 (premiering at the Sydney Film Festival on 21 August 2021)).
Dr Davidson is the head of composition at the University of Queensland and his research is in artificial intelligence and music, music theory, collaboration, music literacy and music education.
Read Robert’s program note for his composition, Elegy From A Short Hour Unseen (2000), available to listen on Camerata’s album Sunshine Sounds (2023).