Tristan Coelho is an award-winning Sydney-based composer who specialises in concert music and film projects.
Recent works include Rhythm City, for piano, live video sampler and electronics toured by Zubin Kanga in 2019; Smell of the Earth, commissioned for the Canberra International Music Festival and performed by Tambuco Percussion and read/write error, commissioned by Ensemble Offspring and finalist in the APRA Art Music Awards. He has had works performed around Australia and internationally, and has appeared at the Young Composers Meeting hosted by Orkest de Ereprijs, the Dartington International Summer School, Etchings Festival, Oz Asia Festival, Tilde Festival and the NYU/ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop, among others.
Tristan’s experience in music for film and multimedia is diverse, including a recently completed score for Australian feature film The Marshes. His orchestration and arrangement credits include work for Japanese video game composer Hitoshi Sakimoto, Australian composer Matthew Hindson, oud virtuoso Joseph Tawadros and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra.
Tristan graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2006 with the University Medal and then went on to study at the Royal College of Music from 2007-2008 on a full scholarship. He has studied composition formally with Michael Smetanin, Damien Ricketson, Mary Finsterer, Trevor Pearce and David Sawer, among others, and piano with Stephanie McCallum.
Tristan is Head of Composition at MLC School, and as an active music educator he has written works for student ensembles and runs creative music workshops around Sydney. He has recently completed a new music education project in collaboration with flautist Lamorna Nightingale entitled Other Voices. The project is funded by the APRA Art Music Fund and the NSW Government, and is designed to enhance students’ composition, songwriting and music technology skills.