About: Emerging Composers Forum


Soundstream Emerging Composers’ Forum

The Soundstream ECF provides emerging composers with professional mentorship, public performance, recording and audience exposure to their music.

2022 Emerging Composers Forum

Our upcoming forum in 2022 sees 2019 ECF composers Luke Cuerel (QLD), Olivia Davies (WA), Christopher Williams (SA) and Elizabeth Jigalin (NSW) return to Aldinga Scrub, alongside mentors Vanessa Tomlinson (QLD), Erik Griswold (QLD) and Gabriella Smart (SA).

2016 Emerging Composers’ Forum

The third edition of the Emerging Composers Forum (28-30 November 2016) – Australia’s most lucrative composers awards was founded and presented by Soundstream: Adelaide New Music.

The three-day event was held in the iconic architecture of the ABC’s Adelaide Studio 520. The five composers, selected from a national callout, vied for three $5000 commissions.

The selected composers were Leah Blankendaal (SA), Mitchell Mollison (VIC), Daniel Thorpe (SA), Alex Turley (WA) and Mark Wolf (QLD). The three-day event concluded with a concert of the finalists’ submitted work held at the ABC’s Studio 520 in Collingswood, Adelaide and performed by the Soundstream Collective.

The finalists were mentored across the three-day forum by internationally recognised composers Cat Hope (VIC/WA), Alison Isadora (Netherlands), Gao Ping (China) and guest Professor Simon Emmerson (UK).

In selecting the finalists, the mentors commented: “the pieces chosen reflect an exciting diversity in compositional approaches and we are very much looking forward to working with the composers and performers in Adelaide.” The three commissions were awarded to Leah Blankendaal (SA), Mitchell Mollison (VIC) and Daniel Thorpe (SA).
Soundstream Artistic Director, Gabriella Smart: “the ECF stands alone in its support for emerging Australian composers. This years’ finalists bring a very exciting mix of styles and influence to the event, and I’m particularly thrilled by the world-class mentors who will be working with them.”

Soundstream Emerging Composers Forum, presented by Soundstream: Adelaide New Music in association with the Musicological Society of Australia and our broadcast partner ABC Radio Classic FM and supported by Winston Music, Simon Hackett wines and the generous support of financial donors.

2014 Emerging Composers Forum

Featured composers included Samuel Smith, Michael Terren, John Pax, Sebastian Cullen and Alex Chilvers.

2012 Emerging Composers Forum


Featured composers included Melody Eotvos, Sebastian Collen, Melisande Wright, Daniel Manera and Nicole Murphy.