Music honour for Lismore lad

FORMER Lismore youngster Alexander Garsden has gone on to bigger and better things, paving his way in the world as a musician.

The former Trinity Catholic College and Kadina High School student, who graduated from Kadina in 2004 with a score in HSC music which ranked third in the state, has been honoured with an Australasian Performing Rights Association (APRA) Award.

TALENTED: Alexander Garsden, formerly of Lismore, and his girlfriend Caitlin Ryan at the ceremony where he won a prestigious Australasian Performing Rights Association Award.
TALENTED: Alexander Garsden, formerly of Lismore, and his girlfriend Caitlin Ryan at the ceremony where he won a prestigious Australasian Performing Rights Association Award.

APRA is probably best known for its annual Music Awards, but in addition to these, the APRA Professional Development Awards are conducted every two years by APRA in conjunction with music organisations and institutions involved in the representation or education of Australian music writers.

This week it was announced that Alex had won the 2013 APRA Professional Development Award in the classical music section, putting him in the same league as past winners of the Professional Development Award such as Wally de Backer, more commonly known as Gotye, and composer Alex Pozniak.

Alexander's mother Jill Garsden, of Goonellabah, said she was overwhelmed when he heard the news.

She said she couldn't be happier for her son. "I'm just so proud, but not surprised at all," she said. "He always had the talent. Even from before he was born, I could feel him moving inside me when we played music; he was responding to it."

With a prize package to the value of $30,000, the award recognises Alex's achievements as a multi-disciplinary sound artist and composer in the fields of experimental and improvised music and will allow his education and experi-ence to expand further.

After finishing his secondary education in Lismore, Alex moved to Melbourne to complete undergraduate studies in music composition at Monash University and the Victorian College of the Arts and is completing his Master's degree through the University of Melbourne, his mother said.



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