Yamaha Endorsed Musician Yamaha sponsored artist Matt Ottley

In 2014 I became a Yamaha endorsed musician for Australia.

To date I have written four musical works to accompany some of my books, four of those (TeacupTree, Parachute and Home & Away) using Yamaha’s extraordinary keyboard technology, in particular the The CVP 609.

“Along with Cubase the CVP 609 offers an extraordinarily powerful armory for composers. For work-shopping ideas it is intuitive and there is no disruption to the creative flow. With a few finger taps I can change orchestrations, pushing my ideas to the limit. Mozart would’ve killed for an instrument like this and doubled his output.” 

Music Projects

In 2014 the Sound of Picture Books, a collaboration between The Literature Centre, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and Yamaha Music was an outstanding success. Musicians from the orchestra, with Alf Demasi from Yamaha playing piano and author Danny Parker performed my score Tree, a musical interpretation of Danny’s and my book, Tree. Over 1000 students ranging from school years 1 to 12 attended the performances and workshops and the response from students has been overwhelming.

In 2015 Danny and Alf and I repeated our performances of Tree with The Literature Centre, WASO and Yamaha in Geraldton, and in a very exciting development WASO and TLC along with Danny and I performed my score Parachute at the Perth Concert Hall.

In 2016 Tree was performed at The Literature Centre in partnership with WASO and Yamaha, and in 2017 both Parachute and Home and Away were performed.

WASO performing "Tree" by Matt Ottley

Members of the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra and Alf Demasi from Yamaha performing “Tree” by Matt Ottley