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Carl Vine : Represented Artist

Random Audio Sample: Choral symphony : for choir, organ and orchestra by Carl Vine, from the CD Complete symphonies, 1-6


Photo of Carl Vine

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

Carl Vine first came to prominence in Australia as a composer of music for dance, with over 20 dance scores to his credit. His catalogue now includes six symphonies, six concertos, music for film, television and theatre, electronic music and numerous chamber works. Although primarily a composer of modern 'classical' music he has undertaken tasks as diverse as arranging the Australian National Anthem and writing music for the Closing Ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics (the 'Sydney 2000' presentation).

Born in Perth, he studied piano with Stephen Dornan and composition with John Exton at the University of Western Australia. Moving to Sydney in 1975, he worked as a freelance pianist and composer with a great range of ensembles, theatre and dance companies over the following decades.

Amongst his most acclaimed scores are Mythologia (2000), Piano Sonata (1990) and Poppy (1978) for the Sydney Dance Company, Piano Sonata No 2 (1997) for Michael Kieran Harvey and Choral Symphony (No.6, 1996) for the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. All of Vine's symphonies are available, performed by the Sydney Symphony, on the ABC Classics disc 'Carl Vine: Complete Symphonies'. Many of his other orchestral works are also available on the ABC Classics label, while most of his chamber music is available on two volumes from Tall Poppies Records (TP013 and TP120).

Since 2000 Vine has been the Artistic Director of Musica Viva Australia, the largest chamber music entrepreneur in the world. His most recent compositions include Pipe Dreams for Emanuel Pahud and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Cello Concerto for Steven Isserlis and the Sydney Symphony, and String Quartet No 4 for the Takács String Quartet.


Biography provided by the composer — current to December 2008

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
String Quintet (quintets: 2 violins, viola, 2 cellos) Commissioned for Musica Viva Australia by Julian Burnside AO QC
Violin concerto (violin with full orchestra) Commissioned by Jane Mathews for performance by Dene Olding, Australian Youth Orchestra.
The tree of man : a secular cantata (2012) Commissioned by Australian Chamber Orchestra.
Digital sheet music sample Piano concerto No. 2 : piano with orchestra (2012) Commissioned by Sydney Symphony, London Symphony Orchestra.
Digital sheet music sample Toccatissimo : for solo piano (2011) Commissioned by the Sydney International Piano Competition of Australia for first performance in Stage III of the competition in July 2012.
XX (violin with string orchestra) (2009) Commissioned to celebrate Richard Tognetti's 20th anniversary as leader of the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Analysis & Media

- Document: Profile – Carl Vine

- Program note: Carl Vine's "Percussion Symphony"

- Program note: Carl Vine's "Symphony No. 4"

- Program note: Carl Vine's "Symphony No.4.2"

- Article: Knowing the score

- Article: Odd man out brings his many talents to town

- Article: Dawn of a new world symphony