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Andrián PERTOUT(Australia)
In 2007, 
Andrián Pertout completed a PhD degree at the University of Melbourne. Composition awards include the Jean Bogan Prize, 'John Cage Centennial' Wolf Museum of Music and Art Composition Prize (USA), Friend & Enemies of New Music Composition Prize (USA), Louisville Orchestra Prize (USA) and APRA Award for Orchestral Composition.

He is currently the Vice-President of the Melbourne Composers' League, Australian Delegate of the Asian Composers' League, and International Coordinator of the PUENTE Festival Interoceánico (Valparaíso, Chile). As well as being a freelance composer, he additionally works as composition lecturer, teacher, supervisor and examiner at various institutions at Bachelor. Masters and PhD levels. In 2019, he was Visiting Professor at Aichi Prefectural University of the Arts (Japan). His music has been performed in over fifty countries by orchestras that include the Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, The Louisville Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian and Uzbekistan National Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Chamber Orchestra, Orquestra Petrobrás Sinfônica, Orquestas Sinfônicas Nacionales de México and Chile, Orquesta Sinfônica de Puerto Rico, Vietnam National Opera and Theatre Choir and Symphony Orchestra, Orquestra Cia Bachiana Brasileira, Logos Foundation Robot Orchestra, University of Hong Kong Gamelan Orchestra , Oare String Orchestra, and La Chapelle Musicale de Tournai.
Dance of the Neutron Stars for Alto Saxophone and Guitar, no.470
The title is a borrowing from Brian Clegg's 'hot science' book Gravitational Waves: How Einstein's Spacetime Ripples Reveal the Secrets of the Universe (2018), and the work serves as an exploration of the of the post-tonal harmonic possibilities within the twelve-note chromatic scale as presented by Elliott Carter in his monumental publication of the Harmony Book, as well as the musical implications of indeterminacy in direct relation to the astronomical phenomenon of gravitational waves, or "ripples in the fabric of space and time." In 1993 Russel Hulse and Joseph Taylor shared the Nobel in Physics for 'the discovery of a new type of pulsar, a discovery that has opened new possibilities for the study of gravitation,' or as Clegg explains: "Specifically, they were able to deduce the presence of gravitational waves from their observation of a pulsar with variable rotation rates," adding that "PSR1913+16 was a pulsar that didn't have a constant 'tick' rate, but sped up and slowed down every few hours." 'Dance of the Neutron Stars' presents an artistic depiction of the astronomical concept of gravitational waves via its incorporation of algorithmically-derived probabilistic consecutive events of rhythmic tension and release, which in physics may be described as positive and negative velocity.