Vanessa is a composer, violinist and arranger based in Sydney, Australia.
Having composed scores for numerous short films, Vanessa applied to undertake studies at the Australian Film Television and Radio School in 2011. She completed the year with a Graduate Certificate in Screen Music and was shortlisted for the 2011 European Union Film Award. She also wrote the ending music for the short film Inside, which was a finalist at Tropfest Australia 2013. Vanessa’s diverse performing experience, including classical, rock, pop and world music, has influenced her compositional style. She likes to experiment with new sounds and textures to strike a balance between acoustic and synthesised instruments.
Vanessa started playing the violin at the age of 3, having won eisteddfods and scholarships including into secondary school and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where she studied with Associate Professor Goetz Richter.
She has performed with such artists as Michael Bublé, Jake Shears (Scissor Sisters) & Lance Horne, Tim Minchin, Goldfrapp, Glen Hansard & Dave McKean. In the last year she has created string and brass arrangements for the electronic dance group Peking Duk, as well as regularly recording for them and performing live, most recently at the Australian music festival Splendour In The Grass (2015). She has also performed live and/or recorded for productions by the Sydney Theatre Company, the National Institute of Dramatic Art and Belvoir St Theatre, as well as the cabaret show My Vagabond Boat for the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, and played for the 2014 Sydney production of The Lion King. Vanessa also enjoys playing contemporary classical music, having premiered new works by up-and-coming Australian composers.
She is the recipient of the 2012 Johnny Dennis Music Award for Best Instrumental Piece, awarded by the Australian Guild of Screen Composers, and is currently writing the score for the short film Tender, written and directed by Rebecca Greensill.
Johnny Dennis Music Awards - Best Instrumental Work (awarded by Australian Guild of Screen Composers)
Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Australia
Australian Film Television & Radio School