Harry Sdraulig was born in Melbourne in 1992, and has studied at the University of Melbourne and University of Sydney. He currently teaches composition at Abbotsleigh as Composer In Residence, and is undertaking his Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Sydney under the supervision of Paul Stanhope. Harry's works are frequently performed and broadcast across Australia, and have also been heard in Europe, the UK, and the US. He has been commissioned by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, PLEXUS, Macedon Music, Musica Viva Australia, the Zelman Symphony Orchestra, and the Ensemble Three, along with numerous solo and individual commissions. He has also received several awards including the Australian Postgraduate Award, Glen Johnston Composition Award (Audience Prize), Adolph Spivakovsky Award, and the Frank Albert Prize for Music.
Harry's work may be described as contemporary art music, drawing upon the Western classical music tradition in new ways. Characterised by a tonal but richly chromatic harmonic language, his music is primarily concerned with exploring the limits of tonality, motivated by a desire to expand the musical and expressive possibilities of traditional tonal music. Rarely is a diatonic key identifiable or present, although pitch centres are often achieved, either via assertion or through allusion to tonal structures. Occasionally, a freely atonal style is employed for expressive or dramatic effect. Harry's approach is undoctrinaire and expansive, and may involve the use of triadic harmony or church modes where appropriate. The frequent allusions to tonality and traditional structures in Harry's music ensure a degree of familiarity and accessibility for classically trained musicians and audiences.
In 2018, new works for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Ole Bohn, Joel Brennan and Ensemble Q will all be premiered. Harry's music is published by Wirripang Pty Ltd., QPress, and the Australian Music Centre for which he is a represented artist.