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GEOFFREY MADGE

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Period

1941 - current

Genre

contemporary classical music

Online

www.xs4all.nl/~madge/

Biography Geoffrey Madge

Geoffrey Douglas Madge was born in Adelaide, Australia in 1941. Musical education Following his study at the Adelaide Conservatorium he went to Europe in 1963, where, in addition to giving concerts, he became also senior piano instructor at the Royal Conservatorium in The Hague, Holland. Activities Geoffrey Madge has an extensive repertoire which includes ...
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Biography Geoffrey Madge

1941

Geoffrey Douglas Madge was born in Adelaide, Australia in 1941.

Musical education
Following his study at the Adelaide Conservatorium he went to Europe in 1963, where, in addition to giving concerts, he became also senior piano instructor at the Royal Conservatorium in The Hague, Holland.


Activities

Geoffrey Madge has an extensive repertoire which includes the most difficult recent avant-garde music. His first appearance in Europe was in London in 1964, where he gave a series of three concerts which included the following works: Boulez - 2nd Sonata; Beethoven - Diabelli Variations; Xenakis' Herma and Debussy Etudes. He is especially interested in compositions which demand the utmost in technical and musical expression. A number of works have been written especially for him. He believes that nowadays a pianist must also have experience in composing as this enables him to have a deeper understanding of contemporary musical expression.


Compositions

As a composer Madge has written works for different ensembles including String Quartet, 6 piano works, voice and ensemble works. He has also written electronic compositions and a ballet Monkeys in a Cage which received its première in 1977 in the Sydney Opera House by the Australian Ballet Company.


Prizes

The records he made of his performance of Xenakis' Synaphai with the New Philharmonic Orchestra in 1977 was honored with the Prix du Président de la République in Frankrijk and in that same year he received the Dutch Edison prize. His Opus Clavicembalisticum recordings received the German Schallplattenpreis in 1984.

1985

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