Biography

Justine Anderson completed her Masters degree in voice at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2008 and a fellowship at the Australian National Academy of Music in 2015. She has had wide performance experience as both a soloist and ensemble singer and a particular interest in contemporary classical music.

Justines passion for contemporary music has seen her perform works by masters such as Boulez, Berio, Grisey, Dench, Varese, Eno, Foss, Lang, Crumb, Messiaen, Feldman, Furrer, Gubaidulina, Salonen and Ligeti. Her performances with new music groups include; Bang on a Can, Arcko Symphonic Ensemble, Three Shades Black, Six Degrees Ensemble, Icon Trio, Hutes, Astra, Melbourne University’s New Music Studio, JOLT, Forrest Collective and as a guest artist at A.N.A.M in 2016 and 2017.

An increasing interest in the collaboration process has seen Justine work with a variety of Australian composers including Annie Hui-Hsin, Helen Gifford, Chris Dench, James Hullick and Evan Lawson.

Justines opera roles with the opera company Emotionworks include Michaela in Carmen, The Witch in Hansel and Gretel, Tosca in Tosca and Violetta in La Traviata. In 2013 she played Brunhilda as part of a collaboration between Emotionworks and Opera Australia’s Melbourne Ring Festival.

Other highlights include a performance as a nightclub singer in the short film ‘The Black Pine Road’, a role in the play Orphanage of Animals (Awarded the Medal of Ulm, Germany 2012) and Matthew Hindson’s opera Love Death Music Plants. Justine has also worked with Inventi Chamber Ensemble, The Team of Pianists and as a soloist in various Oratorio performances. Festival performances include Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music, Canberra Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Port Fairy Spring Festival, Darebin Music Feast and Melbourne Fringe Festival.
In 2008 she recorded for the ABC the Australian premiere of the Alberto Ginastera work Cantata for Magic America as part of the Simplot International Masterclass Series and again performed this important work in 2011 in a concert at the Australian National University to celebrate the Bicentenary of Argentina. In 2016 Justine recorded Jonathan Mills Ethereal Eye and performed this work as part of the Melbourne Festival.

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