Robert Davidson is Head of Composition at the University of Qld. Davidson studied composition with Terry Riley after studying Indian music in Kerala and before completing his composition PhD. He was a bassist in the Australian Opera, Sydney Symphony, and Queensland Symphony orchestras, and has been featured as bassist in many festivals, performing chamber works with artists such as John Williams (guitar), the Brodsky Quartet and Ensemble 24. He has also tutored as bassist and composer in many conferences, including the Mt Buller Chamber Music Summer School and Australian String Association National Conference. He regular tours internationally with Topology and other ensembles, and his compositions are regularly performed, recorded and broadcast around the world. All of Australia’s professional orchestras and many leading festivals, soloists and ensembles have commissioned and performed his works, including the Brodsky Quartet (London), Australian String Quartet, Karin Schaupp, Southern Cross Soloists, Paul Dresher Ensemble (San Francisco), Newspeak (New York) and many more.