He almost became a chef, but thankfully creating incredible music won out over incredible food. Now acknowledged as a dynamic young Brisbane talent, Old Boy Connor D’Netto (2011) has been named Composer-in-Residence for the 2019 Australian Festival of Chamber Music (AFCM) – the youngest in the 29-year history of the event! Taking over Townsville for 10 days of world-class music making from Friday 26 July to Sunday 4 August, the AFCM will celebrate music from over 80 composers, including a world premiere by Connor.

Connor is a trained classical bass, also a talented photographer, videographer and visual-artist, creating and shooting not only material for his music, but also for a number of other artists and musicians. He has a Bachelor of Music (Honours), graduating with First-Class Honours in 2016 from the University of Queensland and is currently completing his Masters as a Tait Trust Scholar at the Royal College of Music in London.

When it comes to contemporary classical music, Connor has been described by ABC Classics as “the model contemporary Australian composer”. His music has been commissioned and performed across Australia and the world. Connor is excited about the year ahead, one which sees world premieres of his works around the globe. Already he has composed a new piece for leading Australian songstress Katie Noonan for her upcoming album. He is also co-writing a ballet called Non-Place, with fellow musician Matthew Lomax in London.

As a nice side story and referring to the above image, in November last year Connor (pictured centre back row) was invited for dinner with His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC and his wife. The dinner was to celebrate the achievements of young Queenslanders in the UK and for Connor it was a great honour to be included among the invited guests who were the other young London-based Queenslanders honoured at the event.

More about Connor and his work can be found at www.connordnetto.com