Mark Holdsworth – L’appel du vide
What has Cybec meant to you and your career
Cybec has been an incredibly rewarding experience. It has provided an integral platform for the development of my orchestral composition skills. It nurtures growth as a composer and liaison within the industry. It’s a tremendous privilege to have been chosen to partake in Cybec, and to have such esteemed musicians premiere my work!
The program is so highly regarded, and as such it has given my work profound national exposure that will pass on to perforce career opportunities.
Can you tell us a bit more about the piece that you have written for Cybec?
Music for me, like it is for most people, is a powerful expressive force; it is a uniquely effective way of contemplating the abstract and complicated aspects of human life. Music has significant potential and capacity for discussing the darker things in life, those hard and heavy subjects that are often avoided or too uncomfortable to discuss in everyday conversation. Like much of my compositional output, L’appel du vide is devoted to exploring the dualities that characterise our humanity.
Conceptualising this piece was an arduous and lengthy process, involving a lot of introspection as well as research into the psychological and philosophical perspectives surrounding humankinds struggle between good and evil.
Was a career in music always the plan for you?
I’m very fortunate in that I have known, since I took up piano aged 13, that I wanted to devote my life to music. I began as an aspiring concert pianist and composed small pieces for myself to play. However, my love of composition soon overtook my love of performance and so my career trajectory consequently changed!
Composing is a strange and unique craft. Putting the notes down is often a hugely cathartic experience but those notes of course remain unheard until they are realised in performance. To have MSO, one of Australia’s leading orchestras premiere my work, is a dream come true. It is both uplifting and terrifying. There is a lot of fear when it comes to having your inner thoughts laid bare before an audience; it’s a naked and unapologetic experience, but unlike any other reward.