William Gardiner is an Australian composer.Read More
Born in 1987 in New South Wales, William Gardiner currently attends the University of Sydney, where he is in the midst of the penultimate year of a combined arts (music)/law degree, during which he has studied with several of Australia’s most respected composers, including Matthew Hindson, Paul Stanhope and Anne Boyd. He has also studied at Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Michael Smetanin and Damien Ricketson.
William is the product of a diverse and interesting musical pedigree. He was born to a pair of immensely passionate early music enthusiasts, and spent his earliest years - from before birth and afterwards until the age of about 12 - immersed in the music of Bach and others, as performed by the likes of Ton Koopman, the Kuijken brothers and the Savall family. The onset of teenager-hood was accompanied by the revelation of rock music, leading to William taking up the drum set and contributing to his strong rhythmic sense. During his later school years, an interest in composing was provoked by hearing the music of composers such as Astor Piazzolla, Latvian Pēteris Vasks, George Crumb and Alfred Schnittke. Upon finishing high school, William’s first compositional efforts, works written in imitation of Bach and Piazzolla, received perfect scores in the matriculation exams, resulting in performances at the Sydney Opera House.
More recently, William has found inspiration in the inventiveness and beauty of music by Animal Collective and the emotive instrumental masterpieces of Canada’s Do Make Say Think.