Samuel Penderbayne in an Australian composer based in Hamburg, Germany.
His work, although extending to instrumental, chamber and orchestral music, has focussed in recent years on opera, including two full-length operas for the Hamburg State Opera (I.th.Ak.A. - 2018 and Raus aus Åmål - 2020), one for the Deutsche Oper Berlin (Die Schneekönigin - 2019) and a string of half-length operas for Kampnagel (Trialog - 2019), the Neuköllner Oper (Subotnik - 2020), Gaudeamus Muziekweek (May - 2020) and the Prinzregententheater (Alice im Wunderland - 2014). He has worked with directors such as Brigitte Dethier, Paul-Georg Dittrich, Alexander Riemenschneider, Tilman Knabe, Levin Handschuh und Ersan Mondtag.
Hybridisation, musico-multiculturality and cross-cultural discourse are primary goals of his compositional approach, including combining elements of modern music genres with the traditional space of classical music as well as hybridising elements of non-Western music in a 'third space' manner, a term relating to the anthropological work of Homi K. Bhabha. This approach formed the basis of a Dissertation (Dr. Sc. Mus.) at the University for Music and Theatre, Hamburg, which was awarded with summa cum laude in 2018.