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Romano Crivici : Represented Artist

'Composition and music for me was never a conscious decision, or, as some might say a 'career choice'; rather, it was/is, an urge, a pleasure and necessity. As such, I couldn't ask for more.'

Random Audio Sample: Ecstasy of clouds (trios: percussion, violin, viola) by Romano Crivici, from the CD Flat earth

Photo of Romano Crivici


Artist website: http://www.crivici.com


Romano Crivici is one of Australia's leading contemporary composer/performers (violin and piano) who has, in pioneering the integration of technology, improvisation and cross-cultural collaborations within the classical tradition, created a genre unique to contemporary music making.

He has worked to build musical and cultural bridges in Australia, and in subtle ways created dialogues that address some of the particular issues, past and present which his country/culture faces. His work has seen him collaborate with artists from many cultures and performance styles - including long working relationships with Australian indigenous artists, Indian/Jazz fusion artists, Javanese percussionists and traditional Tibetan performers within various creative multi-media formats.

This is, in his own words, ' to create not only something of beauty or soulfulness, but an attempt at finding or creating some meaning and relevance … a living and ongoing shared sense of humanity, if not in the broader cultural milleau, then at least within my own head.'

To these ends Crivici founded both the Elektra String Quartet and the Inner Voice as two disciplined and flexible ensembles that could work within many cross cultural art-forms and give voice to his musical visions, as well as commission and perform works by various Australian composers.

Crivici, a former member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the New England String Quartet (violin) has also worked widely as a pianist, repetiteur and conductor. He is now engaged in a process of furthering his understanding of art and culture through the formal study of Anthropology at the University of Sydney.

His collection of works - particularly those composed in the last 5 years - are indicative of his broad ranging interests and approach to composition and demonstrate something of the eclectic and non-academic style of his writing and performance.

Biography provided by the composer — current to March 2006

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Pastoral (a grateful song) : Music for kids series (2007) Written specifically for my own young students ensemble.
Digital sheet music sample In times of change : music for strings, percussion & piano (2007) Commissioned by Sydney Youth Orchestra.
Digital sheet music sample In time (almost!) : an almost march! (2006) Commissioned for Kensington Primary School Wind Band, Sydney.
String quartet no. 2 : chamber ensemble (2005) Commissioned by Elektra String Quartet.
Digital sheet music sample A playground groove : music for double strings and percussion (2005) Commissioned by Newington College, Sydney
Journey to the mythical place : (yet to be assigned) (1984) Written specifically for a music camp when I saw the completely inappropriate material that was available for a beginners string group.