William Jeffery is a pianist and composer based in Newcastle, Australia. He is currently in the second year of his Bachelor of Music at the University of Newcastle where he is studying under the tutelage of Colin Spiers and Ian Munro. Here in 2012 he was awarded the Friends of the UoN and a Tertiary Music scholarships.
Jeffery's works have been workshopped and received performances by both prominent Australian ensembles and international artists. Most recently, Jeffery was invited to participate in the Australian String Quartet's National Composers' Forum along with five other young composers. The Quartet premiered String Quartet No. 1 at Adelaide's Elder Hall after a series of workshops led by their composer-in-residence, Andrew Ford. In September, the Sydney Youth Symphony programmed Jeffery's octet Octobbligato into their first Contemporary Music Concert. Short and Suite, a five-movement work for solo viola, placed first in the inaugural Australian and New Zealand Viola Society's Composition Competition in April, 2013. The work was premiered in the same month by violist Gregory McGarity at the Auckland Viola Convention, New Zealand. Jeffery's first major achievement in the field of composition came in 2011 when he was one of six secondary students selected to participate in the Sinfonietta Project. The project, organised by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra's education sector, invited students to compose a work modelled on Ligeti's Chamber Concerto. Vagary, a dectet for woodwind and strings, was workshopped and performed by the Sydney Sinfonia under the baton of Richard Gill.
Jeffery is the pianist of the french horn and piano ensemble, Duo Entendre. As well as performing the already existing works, the two share an interest in facilitating the creation of new works for their instrumentation. As a means of doing this, they have recently launched a composition competition open to Bachelor of Music students.
Between 2008 and 2011, William studied with pianist Renate Turrini in Coffs Harbour. During this time he performed at the Bellingen Music Festival with the Bellingen Youth Orchestra in 2010 and 2011.