Cayn Borthwick is a composer, performer, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and teacher whose practice is concerned with the intersection of music, art, technology and humanity. His diverse output includes work for chamber ensemble, choir, soloists, bands and EDM with a particular focus on musical cross-pollination. Cayn has composed extensively for short film, advertising, art installations and contemporary music. He studies at the Victorian College of the Arts under Mark Pollard and Anthony Lyons.
Cayn’s music has been performed in Australia and internationally. His distinctive compositions are a fusion of elements from the art music and popular music traditions, pushing tonal limitations, cyclic structures, environment samples and synthesis. Cayn has arranged music for Melbourne Ska Orchestra and various other ensembles. In 2018 Cayn wrote Firewall for Orchestra for the Melbourne University Postgraduate Workshop, where participants pieces were workshoped and performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Cayn has performed with and composed for some of Melbourne’s most critically acclaimed contemporary music acts including No Zu and Sui Zhen. Cayn has toured to Russia to perform at the Strelka Summer Festival, the UK and Europe including Primavera Sound, and the USA for SXSW in Austin. He has performed at many Australia’s premier music festivals: Meredith Music Festival, Falls Festival, Dark MOFO to name a few.
Cayn has been the recipient of the Cassidy Bequest Scholarship and the Beleura Sir George Talis Award. In 2014 he travelled to Los Angeles and New York for intensive workshops with Martin Bresnick and film composer Christopher Young, sponsored by the Global Atelier Award. In 2017 Cayn was awarded the Alan C Rose Grant to develop interactive sound and light installation The Wall with Playable Streets. He has submitted his Master of Music research at the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.
Cayn is currently lead composer at interactive digital arts company Playable Streets. His interactive installations have been commissioned throughout Australia including Reach Out Sounds at the Sydney Opera House, Dead Petting Zoo at the Australia Museum and The Plants at MPavillion in Melbourne. He teaches harmony at the VCA, SAE and woodwind/composition in the western and northern suburbs of Melbourne. His debut album will be release in 2019.