Andrián Pertout was born in Santiago, Chile, 17 October, 1963, and lived in Gorizia, Northern Italy for several years before finally settling in Melbourne, Australia in 1972. In 2007, he completed a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree at the University of Melbourne on Tweddle Trust, Australian Postgraduate and Melbourne Research scholarships, studying composition under the guidance of Brenton Broadstock. Composition awards include the Boston Metro Opera ‘Mainstage Award’ (USA), Jean Bogan Prize, ‘John Cage Centennial’ Wolf Museum of Music and Art Composition Prize (USA), Friends & Enemies of New Music Composition Prize (USA), International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition (Greece), UnTwelve Composition Prize (USA), Dorian Le Gallienne Composition Prize, Betty Amsden Award, Louisville Orchestra Prize (USA), Veridian Symphony Orchestra Prize (USA), APRA Award for Orchestral Composition, Oare String Orchestra Judges’ and Audience Prize (UK), Michelle Morrow Memorial Award, and the Zavod Jazz/Classical Fusion Award. He is currently the Vice-President of the Melbourne Composers’ League (MCL), Australian Delegate of the Asian Composers’ League (ACL), and was Honorary Fellow at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne (2008-2015), and President of the Melbourne Composers’ League (2009-2013, 2017-2021). As well as being a freelance composer, he additionally works as composition lecturer, teacher, supervisor and examiner at various institutions at Bachelor, Masters and PhD levels. In 2019, he was Visiting Professor at Aichi Prefectural University of the Arts between April and July (Nagakute, Aichi Prefecture, Japan).
Andrián’s music has received performances at festivals such as the ISCM World Music Days 2005, 2007 and 2010 (Croatia, Hong Kong and Australia), 33e Festival d’Automne á Paris (Paris, France), and the 22nd, 26th, 27th, 30th, 31st, 32nd, 33rd and 34th ACL Conference & Festival 2002, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 (Korea, New Zealand, Israel, Singapore, Japan, Philippines and Vietnam). His music has also been performed in more than fifty countries by orchestras, ensembles and performers that include the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Victoria, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, The Louisville Orchestra (USA), Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra (Israel), Orquestra Petrobrás Sinfônica (Brazil), Auckland Chamber Orchestra (New Zealand), Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra (Russia), Uzbekistan National Symphony Orchestra (Uzbekistan), Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México (Mexico), Vietnam National Opera and Theatre Choir and National Symphony Orchestra (Vietnam), Sun Symphony Orchestra (Vietnam), Orquestra Cia Bachiana Brasileira (Brazil), Orquesta Sinfónica de Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico), The Foundation Orchestra (USA), Veridian Symphony Orchestra (USA), Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Chile (Chile) Orquesta Sinfónica de Concepción and La Serena (Chile), Orquesta Marga Marga (Chile), Orquesta de Cámara de Chile and Valdivia (Chile), Logos Foundation Robot Orchestra (Belgium), University of Hong Kong Gamelan Orchestra (China), La Chapelle Musicale de Tournai (Belgium), Oare String Orchestra (UK), Noah Getz (USA), Phyllis Chen (USA), Michael Kieran Harvey (Australia), Ónix Ensamble (Mexico), Ensamble Contemporáneo (Chile), Ensemble MD7 (Slovenia), Quinteto CEAMC (Argentina), Sonemus Ensemble (Bosnia-Herzegovina), Ensemble TIMF (Korea), Omni Ensemble (USA), and the Ensemble für Neue Musik Zürich (Switzerland).
He has received numerous commissions, including orchestral works commissioned by Julian Burnside AO QC for performance by the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar de Venezuela (Venezuela) and Australian Discovery Orchestra (Australia); orchestral commissions by conductor Rodolfo Fischer (Switzerland); the Orquesta Sinfónica de La Serena (Chile), Orquesta Marga Marga (Chile), Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Chile as a homenaje to Enrique Soro, and the 14th ‘Europe-Asia’ International Festival of New Music for performance by the Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra (Russia); a Concertino-Doppio for alto saxophone, harp and string orchestra commissioned by the American Harp Society, Inc. New York, NY (USA), the ‘Compulsory Chilean Work to be Performed by all Competitors’ of the 2011 Concurso Internacional de Ejecución Musical ‘Dr. Luis Sigall’ (Chile), a new solo work for Paris-based pianist María Paz Santibañez (France), and a work for robot orchestra incorporating thirty-seven automats for the Logos Foundation Robot Orchestra (Belgium); as well as other works commissioned by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (Australia), Victoria Chorale (Australia), Art of Sound Orchestra (Australia), Australasian Orchestra (Australia), Orquesta de Cámara de Valdivia (Chile), saxophonist Noah Getz (USA), toy pianist Phyllis Chen (USA), Ensemble MD7 (Slovenia), and the City of Melbourne (Australia) for the 2007 ‘Melbourne Town Hall Organ Project’. Julian Burnside AO QC has additionally commissioned several works for performance by the University of Hong Kong Gamelan Orchestra, Australian pianist Michael Kieran Harvey, Australian clarinettist Richard Rourke, American ‘low flutes’ specialist Peter Sheridan, Italian flautist Pietro Doronzo, and Melbourne ensemble Plexus. Film Music commissions include works that have been written to accompany over thirty documentary and short films, television programs, as well as commercials, computer games and stage productions. Highlights of this part of Pertout’s career include composing for documentary films such as East Meets West (1984), Ibrahim (1984), The Murray River Quest (1985), Hope Street (1987), The Australian Ballet (1990), Tunnel Vision (2016), and Danzantes (2017).