Corrina Bonshek (b. 1977) is an Australian composer who is inspired by sounds and patterns in nature and our cosmic existence. Her music has been described as “beautifully shaped and contemplative” (Clare MacClean, 2013), “deeply spiritual in intent” (Anne Boyd, 2002), and “connected to the essence of South-East Asian music – timelessness” (Chinary Ung, 2014).
Bonshek was awarded a Ph.D. in music from Western Sydney University in 2007 with composition tutelage by Dr Bruce Crossman, and later received mentoring from Professor Chinary Ung. Her practice includes collaborative co-creation with musicians from non-western traditions, fully scored concert works for western & nonwestern instruments and electroacoustic / live music installations for festivals.
She was resident composer at the 2015 Experimental Thai Music Laboratory of Burapha University in Thailand, inaugural visiting scholar of 2016 Nirmita Institute for Young Composers in Cambodia, and has been commissioned by Rainforest Fringe Festival Sarawak Malaysia 2019, 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Arts & Culture Festival, Taiwan International Arts Festival 2017, and Bleach The Gold Coast Festivals 2017 and 2018.
In 2018, she was a finalist in Australia Art Music Awards – Instrumental Work of the Year category for Up in the Clouds, a work for Pierrot Lunaire Ensemble that reimagined Pipa sound-colours and gestures from her solo work Desert Time for Taiwanese virtuoso Jasmine Chen.
Bonshek’s scores are published by the Australian Music Centre.