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Stuart Greenbaum : Represented Artist

I often conceive of music in terms of journeys, but I also believe that music should be appreciable as pure, abstract sound in time. Either way, my music aims to evoke an atmosphere apart from the routine of modern life.

Random Audio Sample: Book of departures : for piano trio by Stuart Greenbaum, from the CD 800 million heartbeats


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The Stuart Greenbaum sound has overt connections to jazz, pop and minimalism but the experience of listening to the music goes beyond these tangible influences.

Stuart Greenbaum (b. Melbourne 1966) studied composition with Brenton Broadstock and Barry Conyngham at the University of Melbourne, where he now holds a position as Senior Lecturer and Head of Composition (Parkville).

Nelson, a 3-act opera written with long-time collaborator, poet Ross Baglin, was premiered at the 2007 Castlemaine State Festival. Current commissions include a dramatic work, The Parrot Factory, for Victorian Opera, and a Piano Trio for NZ Trio as part of the 2009 Trans-Tasman Composer Project.

Greenbaum was a Featured Composer at the 2006 Aurora Festival in Western Sydney, Composer in Focus at the 2009 Bangalow Music Festival and Resident Composer at the 2009 Port Fairy Spring Festival of Music. He has won a number of awards, including the Dorian Le Gallienne Composition Award, the Heinz Harant Prize and the Albert H. Maggs Composition Award. 90 Minutes Circling the Earth won 'Orchestral Work of the Year' at the 2008 AMC/APRA Classical Music Awards. His most recent individual CD, Mercurial, was released in 2005.


Stuart Greenbaum — current to September 2009

Teacher/Influence on

Katy Abbott (1998 - 1999)

Anthony Lyons (2007 - 2008)

Andrián Pertout

Katherine Rawlings

Mark Viggiani (2007 - 2008)

James Wade

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Sonata for piano, 4 hands : piano duo (4 hands) (2013) Commissioned by Anna Grinberg, Liam Viney.
City lights, a mile up : for orchestra (2013) Commissioned by HUSH Music Foundation for performance by Benjamin Northey, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
Dance music for concert halls : for clarinet, violin, cello and piano (2012) Commissioned by Andrew Johnston for Stephanie Lillian Johnston’s 80th birthday
Serenade : for cello and piano (2012) Commissioned by Andrew Johnston for Stephanie Lillian Johnston’s 80th birthday
Variations : violin solo (2012) Commissioned by Andrew Johnston for Stephanie Lillian Johnston’s 80th birthday
Digital sheet music sample Organised lounge : for percussion ensemble of 13 players (2011) Commissioned by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music for the 101 Compositions Project co-commissioned with the generous support of Ars Musica Australis

Analysis & Media

- Review: The Song Company GreenConcert 18 July 1991

- Video: Stuart Greenbaum - Clockwork Lemon perf by Claire Edwardes

- Video: Stuart Greenbaum - 90 Minutes Circling the Earth

- Video: Stuart Greenbaum: 800 miilion heartbeats

- Video: Two interludes in space, by Stuart Greenbaum