Rhys Gray was born in Hobart, Tasmania in 1996. He grew up in the picturesque Huon Valley, and attended Taroona High School and Elizabeth College. He enrolled at UTas under the High Achiever’s Program, and was awarded both a Bachelor of Music majoring in Composition, and an Associate’s Degree in Music Studies majoring in ensemble performance in 2018.
Known for his polystylism and broad range of influences, Rhys composes for concert hall, stage, screen, and computers. His works have been performed by the Australian String Quartet, Second Echo Ensemble, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, DRILL dance ensemble, Derwent Valley Concert Band, Taroona High School Concert Band, and many solo artists.
Rhys is an avid lover of musical theatre, and has performed keys and/or MD’d in many local shows, including Mamma Mia, My Fair Lady, Wicked, Into The Woods, Chicago, The Drowsy Chaperone, and Thoroughly Modern Millie.
Awards & Prizes
- 2019 - Sir Victor Burley Postgraduate Scholarship in Music
- 2018 - Music Tasmania Astor Sessions
- 2016 - Australian Society of Music Educators Young Composers Program
- 2015 - Don Kay Music Scholarship
- 2014 - Susan Williams Prize For TCE Music
- 2014 - Sydney Symphony Orchestra Sinfonietta Composition Competition
I have three guinea pigs, called Hildegard Von Piggen, Miriam Hide, and Peggy Glanville-Squeaks.