Bio


Jaslyn Robertson is an emerging composer based in Melbourne. An excitement for unusual sounds, alternate tuning systems and new forms of notation draws her to interesting instruments including theremin, quartertone flugelhorn and analogue synths. At Monash University she studied with David Chisholm and Thomas Reiner, and was awarded the prize for best Honours in Music for her composition folio and research on alternate gazes in the music of gender oppressed people. She has composed for world-class performers including Tristram Williams, the Argonaut String Quartet and Landesjugendensemble Neue Musik Berlin. Her work has received multiple performances in Germany, including at the Deutsche Oper as part of Klangwerkstatt Festival für Neue Musik Berlin, as well as in Canada at the Toronto Creative Music Lab. Locally, she has had works performed at Tilde New Music Festival, the Bendigo International Festival for Exploratory Music and Future Creatives Festival, which she ran with a collective of students. Her work Wandering for quartertone flugelhorn was awarded the 2015 Monash University Composition Prize. In 2019, Jaslyn focused on developing her electronic music skills taking an advanced professional development workshop over 3 months at Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio. The music box project from Sydney premiered her piece Shallow Listening at BIFEM 2019.


Selected list of works

Shallow Listening for voice, theremin and ensemble
Performed at BIFEM 2019 by the music box project

How to regain your virginity in 12 steps a videographic score for 5-string cello
Performed at The Burrow by Nikki Edgar

Southern Bells for bass clarinet and double bass
Performed at Fleece 2017 by Patrick Lyons and Joel Hands-Otte

Woven Tracks for 14 instruments
Performed at the Deutsche Oper Berlin as part of Klangwerkstatt 2016, and at the Konzerthaus Berlin in March 2017 by Landesjugendensemble Neue Musik Berlin

Aerobatics: 5 miniatures for string quartet
First performed by the Argonaut String Quartet at the Bendigo International Festival of Exploratory Music 2016

but to desire is my pleasure, for flute and guitar
Performed in Prato, Italy by Luciano Tristaino and Gisbert Watty

Pressure for double bass and electronics
Performed by Patrick Lyons at Tilde New Music Festival 2017

Galaxies: A Ship Full of Scientologists and Venus Express
Performed at Tilde New Music Festival 2016

Wandering for quartertone flugelhorn
Performed by Tristram Williams
Winner of the Monash University Composition Prize 2015