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Carl Vine : Represented Artist

Random Audio Sample: Smith's alchemy : for string orchestra by Carl Vine, from the CD Alchemy

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 25 dance scores to his credit. His catalogue includes seven symphonies, nine concertos, music for film, television and theatre, electronic music and numerous chamber works. His piano music is played frequently around the world. 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 Olympic Games (1996 Atlanta Olympics, '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 wide range of ensembles, theatre and dance companies over the following decades.

Amongst his most acclaimed scores are Mythologia (2000), Piano Sonata (1990), Poppy (1978) for the Sydney Dance Company and Choral Symphony (No. 6, 1996) for the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. His first six symphonies are available on the ABC Classics double-CD set Carl Vine: The Complete Symphonies performed by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Much of his chamber music is available on three discs from Tall Poppies Records (TP013, TP120 and TP190).

Since 2000 Carl has been the Artistic Director of Musica Viva Australia, the world's largest entrepreneur of chamber music. Since 2006 he has also been the Artistic Director of the Huntington Estate Music Festival, Australia's most prestigious annual chamber music event. His recent compositions include The Tree of Man for the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Gravity Road for the Queensland Youth Orchestra, Piano Concerto No 2 for the Sydney Symphony, and a Violin Concerto for the Australian Youth Orchestra.

In 2014 Carl was appointed an Officer of the Order Of Australia (AO) in the Queen's Birthday Honours List. For more information visit www.carlvine.com.

Carl Vine — current to September 2014

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2015 Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Instrumental Finalist Piano trio : 'The Village'
2015 Art Music Awards: Performance of the Year Finalist Concerto for orchestra
2014 Art Music Awards: Award for Excellence by an Organisation or an Individual Finalist (Individual) exemplary contribution to Musica Viva Australia in 2013 as Artistic Director, and to the wider arts and cultural industry
2014 Art Music Awards: Award for Excellence by an Individual Finalist exemplary contribution to Musica Viva Australia in 2013 as Artistic Director, and to the wider arts and cultural industry
2013 Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Orchestral Finalist Piano concerto No. 2
2009 Paul Lowin Orchestral Prize Highly Commended Symphony No. 7 : scenes from daily life
2005 Don Banks Music Award Recipient
2002 Classical Music Awards - Instrumental Work of the Year Winner Piano sonata no. 1

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Poets & fighters (soprano with string quartet) Commissioned by Katie Noonan.
Digital sheet music sample String quartet no. 6 : Child's play : string quartet (2017) Commissioned by Michael Katz, Frédérique Katz, Musica Viva Australia.
Digital sheet music sample The arrival of implacable gifts : for piano four hands (2017) Commissioned by ZOFO Piano Duet.
Digital sheet music sample Poets & fighters : for low voice with string quartet (2016) Commissioned by Katie Noonan.
Five hallucinations : for trombone and orchestra (2016) Co-commissioned by the Edward F. Schmidt Family Commissioning Fund for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and by Kim Williams, Geoff Ainsworth & Johanna Featherstone for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Digital sheet music sample Wonders : for soprano, baritone, 2 choirs and orchestra (2016) Commissioned by Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.

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: Interesting display of contemporary work

- Article: Knowing the score

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

- Article: Dawn of a new world symphony