Penberthy, James

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Born: March 05, 1917

Died: March 29, 1999

Country: Melbourne, Australia

Studies: University of Melbourne (B.M.1947, D.M.1974)

Teachers: Dorian Le Gallienne, J. Steel, A. Nixon, Nadia Boulanger, Astraum Penberthy

He was born Albert James Penberthy in Melbourne in 1917. He served with the Royal Australian Navy during World War II. He then studied at the University of Melbourne, where he obtained first class honours in composition. He later studied composition with Nadia Boulanger in Paris, and conducting with Sir John Barbirolli in England. He made his home in Perth, Western Australia where he founded the West Australian Opera Company and was co-founder of the West Australian Ballet with his third wife, the Monaco-born Russian dancer Kira Bousloff. In 1975 he moved to the north coast of New South Wales. He founded the School of Arts at Southern Cross University. He died there in 1999.[1]

Works for Percussion

Spectra - Percussion Ensemble (13)