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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 in a pure context. My music aims to evoke an atmosphere apart from the routine of modern life.

Random Audio Sample: Scarborough variations : for cello and piano 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 goes beyond these important influences.

With a catalogue of over 190 works written for the concert stage, Greenbaum's music is heard regularly in Australia and abroad. Nelson, a 3-act opera with libretto by Ross Baglin, was presented in London in 2005 and premiered in full at the 2007 Castlemaine State Festival. Their second opera, The Parrot Factory, received a 5-show season in 2010 staged by Victorian Opera at The Malthouse. Major choral works include The Foundling, commissioned by Cantori New York in 1997 and From the Beginning commissioned for the sesquicentenary of the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic in 2003.

His orchestral output includes works for the SSO, MSO, AYO and recently City Lights a Mile Up, commissioned by the Tasmanian Symphony orchestra. Major chamber works have been written for The Australia Ensemble, Southern Cross Soloists, Ensemble Liaison, Grigoryan Brothers and Flinders Quartet.

He was Featured Composer at the 2006 Aurora Festival, Resident Composer at the 2009 Port Fairy Spring Music Festival and Composer in Focus at the 2009 Bangalow Music Festival. In 2009 he was Australia's representative for the Trans-Tasman Composer Exchange, working in Auckland with NZTrio on, The Year Without a Summer, which toured nationally for Chamber Music New Zealand, in Sydney for the ISCM World New Music Days (2010) and internationally at the City of London Festival (2011). He is Featured Composer with Flinders Quartet in 2016.

The Greenbaum Sonata Project (commenced in 2000) aims to create a substantial recital work for all major orchestral instruments, contributing new repertoire for professional and emerging artists. Across the wind, brass, percussion and string families, this will comprise around 20 major works. The complete project will constitute a collected body of work of around 7 hours of music.

Greenbaum's music appears on 40 commercially released CDs notably including 5 releases dedicated solely to his output (Satellite Mapping, Mondrian Interiors, 800 Million Heartbeats, Mercurial and Music for Theatre).

Prizes include the Dorian Le Galliene Award, Heinz Harant Prize, and the Albert Maggs Award. 90 Minutes Circling the Earth won Orchestral Work of the Year at the 2008 Classical Music Awards.

Having studied composition with Broadstock and Conyngham at the University of Melbourne, Greenbaum now holds a position in the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music as Professor and Head of Composition.


Stuart Greenbaum — current to June 2016

Teacher/Influence on

Katy Abbott Kvasnica (1998 - 1999)

Anthony Lyons (2007 - 2008)

Andrián Pertout

Katherine Rawlings

Mark Viggiani (2007 - 2008)

James Wade

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Bagatelle for Aksel (solo piano) Composed in response to Julian Yu's call for variations on 'Twinkle, twinkle, little star'
Digital sheet music sample The gradual slowing of the Earth : concerto for organ and symphonic winds (2014) Commissioned by City of Melbourne for performance by Royal Australian Air Force Band.
City lights, a mile up : for orchestra (2013) Commissioned by HUSH Music Foundation for performance by Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Northey.
Digital sheet music sample Sonata for piano, 4 hands : piano duo (4 hands) (2013) Commissioned by Anna Grinberg, Liam Viney.
Digital sheet music sample Dance music for concert halls : for clarinet, violin, cello and piano (2012) Commissioned by Andrew Johnston for Stephanie Lillian Johnston’s 80th birthday
Digital sheet music sample Serenade : for cello and piano (2012) Commissioned by Andrew Johnston for Stephanie Lillian Johnston’s 80th birthday

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