About John Rotar

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John Rotar was one of the talented composers who took part in the Flinders Quartet 2016 Emerging Composers Project.  For its 2018 season, the Flinders Quartet has commissioned John to arrange four of Mendelssohn’s songs for string quartet.

The Quartet has said of him:  “Immensely talented with a vivacity and clarity in his writing, John Rotar is soon to become a well-known name.”

Growing up in a musical family, John’s passion for music began at an early age. After starting piano at the age of six, he turned his hand to composition at nine, and at twelve had his first orchestral work performed by the Bundaberg Youth Orchestra.

Since then John has had his works performed and commissioned by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Southern Cross Soloists, The Australian Voices, Australian Youth Orchestra, Michael Kieran Harvey Queensland Youth Orchestras, Flinders String Quartet, UQ Symphony Orchestra, among others . He has received  such awards as the 2013 Queensland Wagner Society National Composition Prize, the 2014 Fanfare Artology Prize, 2015 Percy Briar Memorial Prize and the 2016 Jean Bogan Youth Prize.

John holds a Bachelor of Music, with Honors, graduating from the University of Queensland in 2016. He is currently working towards a doctorate in composition at University of Queensland under the supervision of Dr. Robert Davidson.

Sydney Mozart Society members might remember that John arranged several of the Mozart and Mendelssohn works performed by the Southern Cross Soloists in their concert for the Society last year. The arrangements were fresh and exhilarating.