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American-Australian Arts Fund
Recipients 2018 - Round 2

Alberta Khoury
Currently residing in NYC, Khoury began her undergraduate studies at the Juilliard School with 2-time Grammy award winner Sharon Isbin, awarded a full scholarship by the Augustine Foundation. Now completing her Master of Music degree in Juilliard’s Accelerated Program, she serves as a Student Ambassador for Juilliard. Khoury enjoys pursuing her project Music in Every Corner, playing music in the offices as well as various parts of the building to bring music to the staff and community. Other community engagement experiences include her collaboration with MacArthur Fellow Vijay Gupta, performing music at a homeless shelter. Khoury was invited to present a talk on community engagement as well as share a performance at the Lincoln Center all-staff meeting, Kaplan Penthouse.  She has been heard at an event honoring Placido Domingo graced by Her Majesty Queen Sofia of Spain at the Metropolitan Club. Khoury is a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship.
Alice Heyward
Alice Heyward is an Australian dancer and choreographer. Her choreographic work has been presented at Dancehouse, Melbourne (Keir Choreographic Award), Murray White Room (Melbourne), Sophiensaele (Tanztage festival, Berlin), Kunsthaus KuLe (Performing Arts Festival, Berlin), adastudio at Uferstudios (Berlin), Next Wave festival (Melbourne), Bus Projects (Melbourne), The Watermill Center (USA), RMIT Design Hub (Melbourne), MPavilion (Melbourne) and PSAS (Perth). This year, Alice is performing Xavier Le Roy’s Still Untitled and Temporary Title (2015) at the Centre National de la Danse - Pantin (Paris)and Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin) and is collaborating with Jacqui Shelton for an exhibition at Gertrude Contemporary (Melbourne). She will soon commence a new creation process with New York-based Cypriot choreographer Maria Hassabi. Alice is about to commence a Klein Technique ™ Teacher Certification program with Susan Klein in NYC with the support of the American Australian Association.
Ashleigh McArthur
Ashleigh McArthur is a filmmaker currently pursuing an M.F.A in Documentary Film at Stanford University. She is a graduate of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and the recipient of an Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grant. Her first student film, Pat’s Studio, premiered at the Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art with the Antenna Documentary Festival and screened at festivals in Australia and the US. Prior to her filmmaking career Ashleigh spent eight years in the Australian foreign service, where she contributed to public policy on security, human rights and climate change and represented Australia in Solomon Islands, Mexico and the US.

Celeste Cebra Kotevich
Céleste Cebra is an emerging lens-based artist from Sydney, Australia who resides in Chicago, USA. In 2015, Cebra graduated with a BFA in Photomedia and the Joel Corrigan Memorial Photography Award from the National Art School, Sydney. In 2016 she undertook a residency at La Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. In 2017 Cebra unveiled a series created during her residency for her inaugural solo exhibition Quotidian Metropolis. She's a 2018 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award finalist and a Fisher’s Ghost Award finalist. Cebra is a MFA candidate in Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Daniel Le
Australian pianist and American Australian Association 2018 Arts Fund Scholar, Daniel Tang Le, has enjoyed an international career spanning four continents. Beginning his piano studies at the age of three, Daniel received a music scholarship to the Melbourne Grammar School at the age of eleven. By fourteen, he attended the Australian National Academy of Music Young Academy Program and gave his first live radio performances on the Australian Broadcasting Company and 3MBS. After Daniel’s debut with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in 2015, he was immediately re-engaged for two consecutive seasons. Other performances have brought Daniel to venues including Lincoln Center in New York, Melbourne Recital Center, Queensland Performing Arts Theatre, and Lyric Theatre in Australia, Waseda University in Japan, and Engadin Summer Piano Academy in Switzerland. Currently based in New York City, Daniel is pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Manhattan School of Music
Svetlana Bailey
Touched by occasions that are silently dissonant, that with a different context seem surreal, Svetlana Bailey builds installations and photographs what she terms in-camera collage. Born in St Petersburg in 1984, Svetlana is represented by Artereal Gallery Sydney and has been an artist in residence at the ISCP in New York, the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture and the Mountain School in Los Angeles. Her work is held in the Australian Government’s Artbank collection and the Library of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and for the last two years running was awarded the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward prize. Svetlana received her BFA from UNSW and MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. The AAA grant will support Svetlana in a four week residency at the Vermont Studio Center where she will experiment with mediums in large scale drawings as part of a new body of work.

Zoe Freisburg

Zoe commenced her violin studies at the age of four under the direction of her mother, Helena Munoz. After completing her Bachelor of Music at the Queensland Conservatorium with Michele Walsh, she studied at the Australian National Academy of Music under Dr. Robin Wilson.

A passionate solo performer, Zoe has appeared as a soloist in Sibelius’s Concerto with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Mozart’s A Major Concerto with Orchestra Victoria.

In addition to her concerto performances, Zoe is a devoted recitalist touring to China in 2016 with renowned UK pianist Alexander Ullman.

A recipient of numerous awards, Zoe has won the prestigious Kendall National Violin Competition and the Australian Classical Music Competition. She was also selected as a finalist in the Freedman Fellowships and in Symphony Australia’s Young Performer’s Awards.

In 2018, Zoe commenced a Performer Diploma at Indiana University. This course will allow Zoe to study with one of the world’s best violin pedagogues, Mauricio Fuks as well as experiencing IU’s ability of creating excellent and well-rounded artists.

Recipients 2018 - Round 1

Angela Little
Angela Little is a screen composer from Sydney, Australia. Her first major credit was Baz Luhrmann’s film “Australia”, for which she composed Additional Music and co-wrote and sang the film’s love song, which was nominated for numerous national and international awards. Since then, Angela has lent her talents to a diverse range of projects, including collaborating with Oscar-nominated composer Marco Beltrami as a vocal soloist on 2016 blockbuster “Gods of Egypt” and composing the score for AACTA-nominated feature documentary “Zach’s Ceremony”, which also won the audience award for Best Documentary at both Sydney and Melbourne International Film Festivals in 2016.
Belle Bassin
Belle Bassin is an experimental visual artist. In her practice, she pursues new formats and modes of presentation where she exhibits within urban and biological spaces, as well as within galleries and museums. Situated at the intersection of sculpture and performance, her work often fixates upon the sentient dimension of color and form. Her work is currently concerned with early female Abstraction, the psychic space of visions, and the occupation of bodies and space by invisible forces.

Belle Bassin has exhibited work at Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne; TarraWarra Museum of Art, Melbourne; and University of Queensland Art Museum, Brisbane, among others. 

Benjamin Heim
Ben Heim is an Australian composer and creative technologist currently based in New York City. His work spans contemporary classical music, film scoring, live immersive experiences, audiovisual performance, and virtual reality. He has composed music for banking apps in the UK, virtual reality games in Australia, documentaries in New York, audiovisual mapping works in Iceland, and for contemporary classical ensembles across the world.
In his audiovisual installations Heim creates dynamic systems in which strong two-way connections are forged between auditory and visual components. This produces synesthetic experiences as crosstalk between the senses multiplies. Heim's works have been performed across Europe, Australia and the USA in events such as Tallinn Music week (Estonia) and Splice Festival (UK). He has collaborated with many organisations to create immersive events, including the London Contemporary Orchestra, and at the Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik.

Courtenay Cleary
Courtenay is currently on scholarship at The Juilliard School in New York where she is completing her Master of Music degree with violin professor Naoko Tanaka. She recently received her Bachelor of Music degree with first-class honours from the Royal Academy of Music in London where she studied with professor Maureen Smith. In 2017 Courtenay performed as a soloist for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and other distinguished guests at Westminster Abbey for the Royal Commonwealth Service. This was broadcast live on BBC television. In 2018 Courtenay again performed for the HM the Queen at Buckingham Palace for the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. She has also performed as a soloist at prestigious venues including the Wigmore Hall, St James’ Piccadilly, the Regent Hall, Colston Hall and the Lincoln Centre. She recently performed Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra in Sydney and will be returning to Australia in 2019 to give the Australian premiere of David Lang’s Mystery Sonatas. She is a Tait Memorial Trust and ABRSM scholar, and was recently awarded second prize at the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition as well as the the Dame Joan Sutherland Award from the American Australian Association and the Guy Parsons Award from the Portland House and Australian Music Foundations.
William Gardiner
William Gardiner is an Australian composer currently studying at the Yale School of Music, where he is mentored by David Lang. In addition to formal studies, he has also worked in sound engineering and electronic production with Ben Frost at Bedroom Community/Greenhouse Studios Iceland, with the support of the Australia Council for the Arts.

In 2017 he was commissioned by the composer John Adams and his partner Deborah O’Grady to write a cello concerto for the Berkeley Symphony and cellist Tessa Seymour, to celebrate Adams’ 70th birthday year. Also in 2017, the LA-based chamber ensemble wild Up premiered ALL IS FOR THE BEST—a video opera co-created with DRELLER, and still under development—as part of The Industry’s First Take 2017program.

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