List of awards, prizes and commissions:

Churchill Fellowship | 2020 Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

To document the instruments of Harry Partch so that they may be replicated in Australia (USA, Germany).

Creative Cities Grant |  2020 City of Charles Sturt

This community engagement project involved building four aeolian harps which are installed at Point Malcolm Reserve, Semaphore SA.

Grantee | 2020 Arts SA

The Microtonal Cristal Project developed the first compact and microtonal Cristal Baschet-style instrument in Australia.

ABC Fresh Start Australian Music Fund Commission | 2020 ABC Classic

Commission to create a new work, suitable for airplay on ABC classic programs, for Cristal Baschet and piano.

No Borders Commission | 2020 Tura New Music

Commission to create a new work for Electric Cristal (specifically for online delivery), in response to COVID-19.

Grantee | 2020 Arts SA

Commission to develop a collaborative new work for dance, pressure sensitive floors, and Electric Cristal.

Finalist | 2019 Basel composition competition

The major work of my PhD, The tale of Kieu, was selected as one of twelve compositions out of hundreds of submissions (with no restrictions on age or nationality) to be performed and recorded by the Basel Kammerorchester in Basel, Switzerland February 2019. 

Medallist | 2019 Doctoral Research Medal for outstanding research at PhD level

Est. 2009. The University of Adelaide awards up to fifteen doctoral research medals for the highest quality theses (in the top 3%) examined each year. Award of the medal is also dependant upon timely submission.

Commendation | 2019 Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence

The (international) examiners of my thesis made very favourable comments about the quality of my work, with the Dean of Graduate Studies extending a written commendation. 

Winner | 2018 Accompanists’ Guild Composition Award

K for two pianos, two pianists, and two hands was workshopped and performed by award winning pianists Sonya Lifschitz and Lisa Moore.

Scholarship Holder | 2016 - 2018 Faculty of the Arts scholarship

Faculty of the Arts scholarship provides its holder with a living allowance for the duration of a PhD program.

Composer in residence | 2013 AdYO SA Young Orchestral Composer Residency Program

Residency undertaken with Adelaide Youth Sinfonia to observe AdSI, write a short work, have it workshopped and then premiered by AdSI through the 2013 concert season.

Second place | 2011 ASME Young Composers’ Award 

Composition for solo piano

BIO

Dylan Crismani (b.1987) is an Australian composer of mixed Indigenous and European descent whose musical style aims to fuse the best elements of American minimalism, in terms of form and continuity, with European spectralism, in terms of sonority. Dylan has recently been awarded a Churchill Fellowship to travel abroad to document the heritage musical instruments of Harry Partch so that they may be replicated in Australia. In 2020 Dylan was commissioned by Arts SA and Gabriella Smart to build Australia’s first microtonal Cristal Baschet-style instrument (known as The Electric Cristals) which has been used in Still (Crismani), Shades of Blue (Crismani), The Outsider (Crismani), Das Wasser Im Bade (Budel), Barbarian (Smart, Limosani et al.), Tensile (Smart, Pascoe) and by the Kleinig/McHenry/Smart Trio in improvisatory works. 


Dylan holds a PhD in microtonal music theory and composition and is currently engaged in microtonal instrument building projects. Dylan’s musical compositions have been performed by the Basel Chamber Orchestra, the Australian String Quartet, Gabriella Smart, Sonya Lifschitz, Lisa Moore, the Elder Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra, and the Adelaide Youth Sinfonia.