Basic Details

Age :: 25

Based in :: Adelaide, South Australia

From :: Bradford, UK

Citizenship :: Australian // British

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[Winner] Emerging Artist of the Year :: Adelaide Critics’ Circle Awards. December 2016

[Winner] Major Commission :: Soundstream Emerging Composers’ Forum. November 2016

[Finalist] South Australian Music Awards Best Experimental Release. Nominated August 2016.

[Finalist] Fresh Minds Festival :: Texas A&M University. June 2016.

Australian Cultural Fund Grant :: for ConcreteCollective’s tour to the San Diego Fringe Festival. Awarded June 2016.

APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund commission. Inaugural round, sole South Australian. For false cognate. Awarded May 2016.

Helpmann Academy Regular Grant for Travel to the Electroacoustic Winds Conference in Aveiro, Portugal Awarded September 2015.

Helpmann Academy Regular Grant for DOUBLE BILL Awarded May 2015.

Australian Postgraduate Award :: University of Adelaide February, 2014-March 2016. The purpose of this scholarship is to “provide financial support to postgraduate students of exceptional research promise”.

Elder Conservatorium Director’s Award :: University of Adelaide. Awarded March 2014, for outstanding academic achievement.

First Class Honours (Sonic Arts) :: University of Adelaide.
[nomination] Adelaide Fringe Awards Best Dance. Nominated March 2013, for Surrounds with Chris Mifsud.

Golden Key Society Member. University of Adelaide Member since March 2011, for academic high achievers.

Interviews, Profiles & Features

Dan Thorpe recorded his new release Diaphragm on a porch in Wentworth Falls…  The result is something real – exposing natural flaws in the instrument to share a stunning story.

Adelaide composer and multi-instrumentalist Dan Thorpe is decimating the boundaries of genre.”


it sounds like [young Australian composers] are finally breaking the neo-conservatism mould… Dan Thorpe’s Front Pockets, Back Poc­kets, Jacket Pockets was the most hidden and mercurial… hold[ing] visionary ideas and expose the sometimes terrifying disconnect between the inside-outside nature of experience.

Personwhowatchestoomuchtelevision is fine work, powerful and probing.”

“[Thorpe] sits easily at the piano and his concentration is manifestly intense”

[Thorpe’s] composition… proved rich in edgy colors and repressed intensity

“[personwhowatchestoomuchtelevision] is a true delight and a powerful meditation”

Mentions and Entertainment Picks

“one of Adelaide’s most exciting young performers”

… the University of Adelaide’s Electronic Music Unit, whose staff, students and graduates individually and collectively contribute significantly to Adelaide’s contemporary music scene… graduates Daniel Thorpe and Iran Sanadzadeh are among the most prominent.

the only South Australian recipient of an inaugural APRA-AMCOS Art Music Fund Award for art music composers.