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Mark Viggiani : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: Black cat tango : guitar duet by Mark Viggiani, from the CD sympathetic resonance

Photo of Mark Viggiani

Photo: Nico

Artist website: http://markviggiani.com

Mark Viggiani (b. Melbourne 1968) has been active as a composer and classical guitarist since the early 1990s. His most recent work has been driven by a long-held fascination with early twentieth-century blues and Italian folk and popular music. To this end he has combined these influences with contemporary techniques to create a distinctively personal style, most recently in the song cycle Vorrei... and the Field Holler series, so far comprising works for trombone and piano, violin and guitar, choir and orchestra.

Viggiani studied composition in Melbourne with Mark Pollard and Stuart Greenbaum, and in 2013 will complete a PhD in music composition with Elliott Gyger at the University of Melbourne. During his candidature he also undertook lessons in Torino with Giulio Castagnoli and attended masterclasses at the Venice Biennale. His most recent commission is John the Revelator, composed for and premiered by the Mons Kinky Pinky Orchestra at the 2011 Ars Musica Festival in Belgium. Other important recent works include One Last Tango, performed by Orchestra Victoria under Richard Mills, Lomax Sketches for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Some Common Prayers, composed for the Song Company to texts by Michael Leunig, and Aus Der Munitionsfabriken, which was premiered by Speak Percussion at the 2007 Big West Festival.

Viggiani's continued interest in the guitar has led to the creation a large body of music for this instrument including solos and mixed ensemble pieces. Black Cat Tango, in its various forms, has received much radio play in Australia and Europe. It has been arranged for Amsterdam-based guitar duo Z.O.O. Duo, who recorded the work on A Sympathetic Resonance in 1998. He has also enjoyed success as a performer in his own right, releasing a CD of original compositions The Rainmaker on Move Records to international critical acclaim. Additionally he performed original works including the sextet Show at the 2002 Darwin International Guitar Festival, and at the 2002 Brunswick Music Festival, where he presented a program of original guitar solo works and duos with Anthony Field.

Amongst numerous awards and prizes, most recently Viggiani won the 2012 Zavod Classical/Jazz Fusion Composition Award, and received the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) from 2009-12. He currently lectures and tutors in music theory, composition and orchestration at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium and also teaches classical guitar.

Mark Viggiani — current to February 2013

Studied with

Stuart Greenbaum (2007 - 2008)

Elliott Gyger (2008 - current)

Mark Pollard


Mentored by

Richard Mills

Roland Peelman


Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
One last tango : full orchestra (2010) Written as part of the 2010 Symphony Australia Composer Development Program
One last tango : orchestra (2010) Composed as part of the Symphony Services Australia 'Composer Development Program'
Digital sheet music sample The rings of Saturn : for flute, viola & harp (2009) Commissioned by Melbourne Composers' League.
Black cat tango : guitar duet (1995) Commissioned by ZOO Duo.