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Philip Bračanin : Represented Artist

Random Audio Sample: Se baila como eres I & II : two tangos for guitar and clarinet in B flat by Philip Bračanin, from the CD Invitation to tango

Photo of Philip Bračanin

Philip Bračanin is an Australian of Croatian parentage. From the age of six, he received piano lessons, and subsequently studied music and mathematics at the University of Western Australia, where he was awarded MA and PhD degrees for analytical studies of contemporary music. Emeritus Professor Bračanin retired in 2008 from the University of Queensland, where for nine years he was the Dean of the Faculty of Music, and for ten years, Head of the School of Music.

Included amongst his works are numerous chamber pieces (including three string quartets), solo song cycles with both piano and orchestral accompaniments, choral works, concerti for piano, violin, viola, cello, oboe, clarinet, trombone, guitar, two double concertos, one for guitar and oboe, and the other for guitar and vibraphone/marimba and two for orchestra. He has also written twelve symphonies, including a choral symphony (Symphony No. 2)), which is included in the ABC's The Classic 100 Symphony set of Australia's favourite symphonies.

In 1988 Bračanin was composer in residence at the Anglo-Australian Music Festival in Birmingham, England. In 1991, he fulfilled a similar role at the Bournemouth International Festival, at which two of his works were performed, including a festival commission. In May 1995, his first Symphony was premiered by the Pusan Philharmonic Orchestra in Busan, Korea, and in September his Choral Symphony (Symphony No. 2) was premiered. Additionally, in 1995 his Guitar Concerto won the APRA Award for the best Australian Classical Composition. In 2014 he was composer in residence at the Rottingdean Spring Music Festival, Brighton, England where three woks were performed and his oboe concerto Shades of Autumn, was premiered.

His music has been recorded in Australia, Germany, Finland, and in the former Yugoslavia, and performed in Australia, Europe, Korea, Malaysia, Canada and the USA.

Philip Bracanin — current to July 2022

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Symphony No.7 : A Symphony for the Kalgoorlie Goldfields (2018) Commissioned by Doug Daws and Peter Waterman
Se baila como eres I & II : two tangos for guitar and clarinet in B flat (2013) Commissioned by Graham Hawkes.
Digital sheet music sample Travel music for David : for piano trio (2010) Commissioned by David Barker for performance by TRIOZ.
Centenary overture : full orchestra (2010) Named in honour of and composed during the University of Queensland's centenary celebrations in 2010
St Lucia suite : for string orchestra (2007) Commissioned by University of Queensland.
Digital sheet music sample Psalms of thanksgiving and praise : SATB choir and soprano solo (2006) Commissioned by the Newhaven Chorale

Analysis & Media

- Article: Dawn of a new world symphony