About

"It's all about the story."

Composer & Lyricist for Stage & Screen

Sydney based composer and lyricist Maria Alfonsine provides an intriguing place for her audience to escape across genres such as jazz, folk-pop, film music, musical theatre and experimental contemporary styles. Her starting-point and focus is always; "It's all about the story", no matter what medium or style she is working in. By turns playful and reflective, she finds inspiration in everyday life, the inequalities of the world and the force of nature, and through her art she wishes to communicate awareness, insight and courage. She constantly falls in love with different kinds of instruments and fragments of sounds. When not working with traditional instruments, she uses voice and body sounds to create organic soundscapes full of observations. Whatever the story needs.


BIO

In 2017, Maria received her third Best Composer Award (Sydney Film School). She was also the recipient of the Screen NSW/AGSC/Church Street Studios/Clandestine Beyond composer's attachment with Guy Gross, and located to Church Street Studios. Recent work includes composing for ABC series "Black Comedy", composition and sound design for Hilary Bell’s adaption of Molière's "The Hypochondriac" at Darlinghurst Theatre Co., and vocalist and music editor on Stephan Elliott’s (The Adventure of Priscilla - Queen of the Desert) latest feature film “Swinging Safari”. Maria’s work as a songwriter has featured in the ABC drama series "Pulse", in the musicals "The Song of A Princess" and "Dr McCarb's Independent Surgical Hospital On The Hill", as well as numerous short films. Theatre credits include "Trade" (Hurrah Hurrah), "Lemon Tree" (Marquez Laundry), and "Babelism: Love & Memory", dance performance piece "Mens Rea: A Shifter's Intent" (Raghav Handa), and Lea Kannar-Lichtenberger's installation "Deception".

Maria is currently composing the score and writing songs for the Australian feature film "Akoni" (One Love Films).


CV

2018

  • Akoni - Feature Film - Composer - Dir. Genna Chanelle Hayes - One Love Films Bondi
  • The Hypochondriac - Play - Sound Designer/Composer - Darlinghurst Theatre Company
  • Black Comedy - ABC TV Series - Composer - Sonar Music

2017

  • Unexpected Joy Stockland Christmas 2017 - Advertisement - Composer - Lavender CX
  • Pulse : Music From the TV Series - Soundtrack Album - Music & Lyrics for "Fighter"
  • Swinging Safari - Music Editor/Vocalist -Dir. Stephan Elliott - Piccadilly Pict./See Pict./Wildheart Films
  • Pulse - ABC Drama Series - Additional Music/Composer's Attachment - Clandestine/Beyond
  • Too Pretty To Be Witty - ABC's Fresh Blood/iView - Dir. Fiona Gillman/Petra Lovrencic
  • Deception - Installation - Composer/Sound Designer - artist Lea Kannar-Lichtenberger
  • Maya. - Short Film - Composer - Dir. Anagha Unni
  • Decorum - Short Film - Composer - Dir. Lorenzo Monti
  • Seek. - Short Film - Composer - Dir. Andreas Torstensson
  • Trade - Play - Composer - Hurrah Hurrah Theatre Company - Dir. Alison Bennett
  • Ocean Blue - Short Film - Composer/Lyricist - Dir. Johan Fredén

2016

  • Into The Blue - Short Film - Sound Designer - Dir. Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic
  • Without Consent - Documentary Short Film - Composer/Sound Designer - Dir. Diane Busuttil
  • Veov Drive - Short Film - Composer/Lyricist - Dir. Vittoria Merlino-Dentice
  • Babelism: Love & Memory - Live Performance Art - Composer/Lyricist - Metanoia Theatre
  • Centauri Lucy - Advertisement Short Film - Composer - Dir. Yohet Xia
  • Scandinavian Film Festival - Jazz Band - Songwriter/Performer - Palace Cinemas Sydney
  • Lemon Tree - Play - Composer/Lyricist - Marques Laundry Theatre Co.- Dir. Alicia Gonzalez
  • Mens Rea: The Shifter's Intent - Dance - Composer - Cairns/Brisbane/London - Raghav Handa
  • Trade - Play - Composer - Hurrah Hurrah Theatre Company - Dir. Alison Bennett

2015

  • Waiting In The Wings - Short Film - Composer - Dir. Melanie Jayne
  • To The Top! - Musical Short Film - Composer -  Dir. Fiona Gillman
  • Dr. McCarb's... - Musical Theatre - The New Theatre, Sydney - Book by Michael Heming
  • Girl of Myth and Legend - Book Soundtrack - Lyricist - Author Giselle Simlett
  • Scandinavian Film Festival - Jazz Band - Songwriter/Performer - Palace Cinemas Sydney

2014

  • Tranemo Art Gallery - Exhibition: Music & Photo Art - Tranemo Art Group
  • Lost In Leichhardt - Exhibition: Music & Photo Art - Pseudo Space
  • Chicken Coronation - Animated Short Film - Score/Sound Design - Dir. Marlon Atinyao
  • Scandinavian Film Festival - Jazz Band - Songwriter/Performer - Palace Cinemas Sydney
  • Sydney Hair Expo - Jazz Band - Songwriter/Performer - Pivot Point Australia
  • Make A Wish Foundation - Jazz Band - Songwriter/Performer - Sydney City Tattersalls Club

2013

  • Reflective Vibrations - Carillon piece - Performed by Lyn Fuller - Centenary of Canberra
  • Mistaken Identity - Short Film - Composer - Dir. Nick Atanasoff
  • At The Corner - Voice & Body Portfolio - Compilation Album Best of AIM - by Maria Alfonsine

2012

  • En Prinsessas Sång - Musical Theatre - Wendelsberg's Theatre - by Maria Alfonsine

Awards:

  • Best Composer - Maya.(Anagha Unni)and Ocean Blue (Johan Fredén) - Sydney Film School 2017
  • Recipient of the Composer’s Attachment with Guy Gross, ABC TV Series Pulse - Screen NSW, Australian Guild of Screen Composers, Church Street Studios and Clandestine Beyond
  • Best Composer - Veov Drive (Vittoria Merlino Dentice) - Sydney Film School 2016
  • Best Composer - To The Top (Fiona Gillman) with Zac Threadgold - Sydney Film School 2015
  • Finalist - Sydney Brass Festival - Sydney 2013
  • Highly Commended - Carillon Society of Australia and Wesley Music Foundation - Canberra 2013
  • University Scholarship - The Australian Institute of Music - Sydney 2013-2015

Education:

  • Bachelor of Music - Majoring in Composition and Music Production - The Australian Institute of Music - Sydney, Australia 2013-2015 (Teachers include Drew Crawford, Caitlin Yeo, Anton Koch, Phillip Johnston, Simone East and Greg White)
  • Internship - Film, Musical Theatre and Jazz Composer: Phillip Johnston - Sydney 2014
  • Music Drama Course - Acting/Theatre Production/Pedagogue - Wendelsberg's Theatre School - Mölnlycke, Sweden 2010-2012
  • Music Course - Singer/Songwriter - Ingesund's Folk High School - Arvika, Sweden 2009-2010
  • Instrumental studies; piano, clarinet and vocal - Tranemo Music School - Sweden 1992-2002

For more information, full résumé and certificates please contact Maria Alfonsine.



Member of:

 Australian Guild of Screen Composers

Australian Guild of Screen Composers

 Women In Film and Television

Women In Film and Television

 Australasian Performing Right Association

Australasian Performing Right Association


Photos taken by Michael Chow in my favorite Sydney café, Ampersand Cafe & Bookstore.