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

Film credits include the musical comedy short To The Top! (Fiona Gillman), for which Maria won the Best Composer Award sponsored by the Australian Guild of Screen Composers at the 23rd Sydney Film School Festival in 2015. She won her second Best Composer Award for her music and lyrics for Vittoria Merlino-Dentice's short film Veov Drive, 2016 also included making the music and sound design for the documentary short film Without Consent by Diane Busuttil, as well as the sound design for the Croatian short film Into The Blue (Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic), in collaboration with Croatian production company Motion together with Swedish Honeypot Productions, developed through Berlinale Talents and Nisi-Masa's European Short Pitch. Into The Blue had its world premiere at Berlinale - Berlin International Film Festival in February 2017 and has since continued its award winning travel around the world.

Musical Theatre credits include her gender-bent 2012 musical The Song of A Princess, and the 2015 horror comedy musical Dr.McCarb's Independent Surgical Hospital On The Hill with book by Michael Heming. Theatre credits include Trade by Alison Bennett (Hurrah Hurrah), Lemon Tree by Alicia Gonzalez (Marquez Laundry Theatre Co), Babelism: Love & Memory concept by Sarah Vickery, and dance piece Mens Rea: A Shifter's Intent by Raghav Handa performed in Australia and England. Exhibitions include Lea Kannar-Lichtenberger's installation Deception in 2017, and showings of Maria's music and photo art at Pseudo Space as part of Leichhardt Open Studio Trail (LOST), and Tranemo Art Gallery in Sweden 2014.

In 2017 Maria won her third Best Composer Award for Maya. (Anagha Unni and Ocean Blue (Johan Fredén). She also had the supreme pleasure of landing a composer's attachment with multi award winning Australian film and television composer Guy Gross (The Adventure of Priscilla - Queen of the Desert, Farscape) while he was scoring ABC's television drama series Pulse (Screen NSW, Australian Guild of Screen Composers, Church Street Studios and Clandestine Beyond), which secured her a studio space in the music house Church Street Studios, Sydney. Her most recent work include additional music for Pulse, Too Pretty To Be Witty's comedy sketches for Freshblood/ABC iview, as well as vocalist and music editor for Stephan Elliott's new feature Flammable Children. Maria is currently composing the music for Genna Chanelle Hayes' feature film Akoni.


CV

2017

  • Unexpected Joy Stockland Christmas 2017 - Ad - Composer
  • Akoni - Feature Film - Composer - by Genna Chanelle Hayes - One Love Films Bondi
  • Pulse : Music From the TV Series - Soundtrack Album - Music & Lyrics for "Fighter"
  • Flammable Children - Music Editor - Piccadilly Pict./See Pict./Wildheart Films - Stephan Elliott
  • Pulse - Additional Music/Composer's Attachment - ABC - Clandestine TV/Beyond Entertainment
  • Too Pretty To Be Witty - ABC's Fresh Blood/iView - by Fiona Gillman/Petra Lovrencic
  • Deception - Installation - Composer/Sound Designer - by Lea Kannar-Lichtenberger
  • Maya. - Short Film - Composer - Anagha Unni
  • Decorum - Short Film - Composer - by Lorenzo Monti
  • Seek. - Short Film - Composer - by Andreas Torstensson
  • Trade - Play - Composer - Hurrah Hurrah Theatre Company - by Alison Bennett
  • Ocean Blue - Short Film - Composer/Lyricist - by Johan Fredén

2016

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

2015

  • Waiting In The Wings - Short Film - Composer - by Melanie Jayne
  • To The Top! - Musical Short Film - Composer -  by Fiona Gillman
  • Dr. McCarb's... - Musical Theatre - The New Theatre, Sydney - Book by Michael Heming
  • Girl of Myth and Legend - Book Soundtrack - Lyricist - by 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

Sveriges Tonsättares Internationella Musikbyrå

Sveriges Tonsättares Internationella Musikbyrå


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