John Rotar (Bundaberg, Qld); Age 19


I am really excited and honoured to be selected to be a part of such a great event, and am particularly looking forward to work on developing my craft and hearing my work played by the excellent musicians of the Australian Youth Orchestra.

I am currently a student at the University of Queensland studying trombone performance. I have been playing piano since the age of 6, trombone since the age of 12 and composing since I was 9. In 2010 I was selected to participate in the Gondwanna Voices composition workshop and in 2013 won the national Wagner Society prize for composition resulting in a performance of this work, entitled Ein Lied aus Wagners Murmelden Grab, being performed by the QSO. I have also received commissions from and had my works performed the Bundaberg Youth Orchestra and Queensland Youth Orchestras Junior String ensemble, having had 2 string orchestra works 5 full orchestral works performed, including a 25 minute long Toy Suite for orchestra. I have written numerous works for many different ensembles combinations including choir, orchestra, string orchestra as well as numerous chamber and piano works as well as writing arrangements for the Southern Cross Soloists (among others). Aside from my compositional activities I am co-principle trombone of the UQ symphony orchestra as well as being a member of the UQ chorale and the Brisbane Chamber Choir.