Kelly Ottaway from Hobart, Tasmania, has won the 2016 NBBCC for his composition 'Donald English'. Chair of the Judging Panel Dave Panichi, remarked on the incredibly high standard of the finalists compositions saying that all three were worthy winners of this instalment of the NBBCC. Kelly receives a cash prize of $3,000, the recording of his performance with the JMO and will have his work considered for future release on a JMO CD. The mothership would like to thank APRA, ABC Jazz, Foundry 616 and The Anthony and Sharon Lee Foundation for their support of this competition. for more info including recordings and video streaming of the event visit ABC Jazz.
About Kelly Ottaway:
Ottaway, Having previously studied and lectured at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, has been the recipient of two Arts Tasmania grants and a Musicians Union of Tasmania study scholarship, and won the 2006 Hobart Jazz Club Jack Duffy Award for an outstanding musician. Playing piano, keyboards and vibraphone, he has performed over more than ten years with leading Australian artists in jazz, funk and soul. In 2008, Kelly was a finalist in the APRA-Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra Big Band Composition Competition.
His primary interests are jazz composition/arranging and leading his jazz nonet ‘Modern Operative’. He holds a Bachelor of Music and Graduate Diploma of Music from the Tasmanian Conservatorium and has postgraduate qualifications in arranging through Berklee College USA.
Currently, Kelly tutors ensembles and arranging at the Tasmanian Conservatorium.