Tristan Coelho


Tristan Coelho is Sydney-based composer who writes music largely inspired by either the natural world, especially the idea of amplifying otherwise soft and delicate sounds, or our digital, data-driven world.

Recent project highlights include Rhythm City, for piano, live video sampler and electronics toured by Zubin Kanga in 2019; Smell of the Earth, commissioned for the Canberra International Music Festival and performed by Tambuco Percussion and read/write error, commissioned by Ensemble Offspring and finalist in the APRA Art Music Awards. He has had works performed around Australia and internationally including the Young Composers Meeting hosted by Orkest de Ereprijs, the Dartington International Summer School, Etchings Festival, Oz Asia Festival, Tilde Festival, Metropolis New Music Festival, Canberra International Music Festival, and the NYU/ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop.

Tristan also works in the area of music for film, TV and visual media. His orchestration and arrangement credits include work for Japanese video game composer Hitoshi Sakimoto, Australian composer Matthew Hindson, oud virtuoso Joseph Tawadros and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra.

Tristan is an active music educator, writes works for student ensembles and runs creative music workshops. He has recently completed a new music education project in collaboration with flautist Lamorna Nightingale entitled Other Voices. The project was funded by the APRA Art Music Fund and the NSW Government and is designed to enhance students’ composition, songwriting and music technology skills.