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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: The year without a summer : for piano trio by Stuart Greenbaum, from the CD 800 million heartbeats

Photo of Stuart Greenbaum


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 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