Amy Crankshaw is a South African composer, pianist and French horn player born in Port Elizabeth and currently based in London (UK).
In 2014 Amy was awarded the runner-up prize for the South African Music Rights Organisation’s prestigious Overseas Scholarship Competition for Composers, a competition that only takes place every four years. She graduated with her Masters Degree in Composition with distinction from the South African College of Music (University of Cape Town) in 2015 under Professor Hendrik Hofmeyr.
Over the course of her studies, Amy received several awards for her work including the Myra Chapman Undergraduate Scholarship, the Stephanie Garnett Memorial Prize for composition, the Meyer Levinson Prize for best original composition, the internationally acclaimed Priaulx Rainier Prize for best newly written compositions as well as the EE Coutts Memorial Scholarship. Her studies were also generously supported by The Oppenheimer Memorial Trust, the South African Music Rights Organisation, and the National Research Foundation Innovation Scholarship. Amy is extremely grateful to all those who have supported her work and her studies.
Amy’s piano trio From the Valley of Desolation is featured in Volume 12 (second issue) of The Journal of the Musical Arts in Africa, published in December 2015. Her works have been performed throughout South Africa and more recently in the UK. Previous notable performances of her compositions include commissions and premieres by the South African National Youth Orchestra, the Avanti Duo, the Epoch String Quartet and several commissions by Biblioteek Productions, in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival. As the winner of the South African College of Music's competition for a new orchestral work, Amy’s "Dance in the Owl House" was premiered in 2014 by the University of Cape Town Symphony Orchestra. "Paper Bird", another orchestral composition, was premiered in 2016 by the London City Orchestra with whom she was composer-in-residence for their 2016 Summer term.
Amy continues to collaborate with musicians and other artists internationally. In her spare time she enjoys distance running, travelling and exploring, playing the French horn and dabbling in pop music by performing for some of her husband’s music projects.