Padma Newsome (Australian)
is a composer, arranger, and performer (violin, viola, voice, keyboards, and various lutes). He was born in Alice Springs, in Central Australia. He has a broad musical palette, composing for traditional small and large ensemble, electro-acoustic media, song writing, and improvised chamber ensemble.
His works have been performed by ensembles such as the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the Academy of Melbourne, Locrian Chamber Players, and Da Capo Chamber Players.
Padma is a founding member and composer of Clogs, and has also performed with the Seymour Group, Fresh Air, Eggplant, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, working under numerous conductors such as Sir Christopher Hogwood, Sir Charles Makkerras, and Stuart Challender.
For the past decade, Padma has collaborated regularly with rock bands as composer/orchestrator, performer, and recording artist. These include the National, the Devastations, and Belgium singer songwriter, Daniel Helin. Recent commissions and grants include an Artists Fellowship from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard University, the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism (formerly the CT Commission on the Arts), the Australia Council for the Arts, Chamber Music America, Vermont Arts Council, Fulbright Post-graduate Award, Symphony Australia, Arts SA, the Helpmann Academy, and numerous private commissions.
He holds an MMA and an MM from Yale University, and an MMus and a BMus(Hons) from the University of Adelaide.