Francesca Brzoskowski, 19, of Thornlands is one of three emerging composers chosen to be mentored this year through Topology's Launchpad mentorship program.
Ms Brzoskowski said she had taken a gap year from her QUT Bachelor of Music studies to "pursue other projects", specifically composing works for piano, ensembles and orchestra.
Late last year she recorded the single Sigh, a six-minute piece for piano, percussion and strings with a classical/contemporary feel.
"It's a beautiful piece - lush and with a European influence," she said.
Not one to "let the genre define her", Ms Brzowskowski said she also dabbled in sci-fi, horror and video game music.
"But classical music is my first love. It will never die. There will always be a market for it."
Ms Brzowskowski met members of Topology at RPAC two years ago and in October 2019 was a featured pianist at the Topology and Friends concert. She has recently won the Artology Fanfare composition, with a full orchestral composition, something she said she found "quite a challenge".
"I see my future as a sound designer in theatre and film, performer on piano and producer of other musician's projects as well as my own. Through the Launchpad program, I hope to release my first choral work, an ethereal piece about ghosts represented through the voice," she said.
"When I was a young girl, I would go to RPAC to see the ballet and children's theatre shows. I always said that one day I would play on that stage. It was a breathtaking experience."
A classical jazz pianist, producer, artist and writer, Ms Brzowskowski presents a diverse array of compositions, influenced by a background in theatre, choral and vocal training.
Topology is Australia's foremost innovator of contemporary music with an unmatched style, unique approach to collaborations, cross genre creative projects and mentorship of young composers and artists. Led cooperatively by principal artists, Co-Artistic Directors John Babbage and Dr Robert Davidson, Topology has worked with more than 23 Australian arts companies, dozens of emerging Australian composers and premiered over 600 original works.
Topology Creative Director, Christa Powell (violin) said through Launchpad, Topology was able to provide a tailored and one-on-one year-round mentorship program to nurture and empower emerging composers regardless of their age, place and background.
"Launchpad guides them, not only through the creative work, but also the professional practice of being a composer. We are thrilled to have Isabella Gerometta guiding our three 2020 participants who will also gain knowledge from inhouse Topology composers Dr Robert Davidson and John Babbage and Topology industry professionals Melanie Doheny and Gabby Gregory throughout the year-round program," Ms Powell said.