Luca Warburton (NSW); Age 14


My school music teacher, Ms Julie Montague, introduced me to the fanfare competition. I took this challenge enthusiastically because the request of writing a fanfare is interesting, and pretty unusual! When I received the call from Artology, it was fantastic to know that I got in, and it was a surprise; a surprise not because I expected or didn’t expect to get in, but because the final results of a competition are always an enigma. Also I would like to express a big thank you to the judging panel, and I am looking forward to meeting the other participants and the workshops with Nicholas Vines and the AYO.

Luca Warburton, born in Sydney in 1999, was five years old when he started studying piano and six when he became interested in composition. He enrolled in Sydney University’s Open Academy Rising Stars program when he was seven, and started to study composition privately at age eight. In 2010 and 2013 Luca won first prize in the Sydney Eisteddfod (14 years & under) Own Composition Competition. In 2012 Luca performed in the Children’s Choir in Opera Australia’s Turandot. He was selected to participate in a national program for young composers in 2012 and 2013 as part of the Sydney Sinfonietta Composition Project with Richard Gill OAM, and in December 2013 he was a finalist in Apra’s Tropscore Jr film composition competition. Luca is a student at Sydney Distance Education High School.

Thank you for all your support; yesterday was fantastic. Its was wonderful to work with the AYO and both Nicholas’.