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Romano Crivici : Represented Artist

Composition and music for me was never a conscious decision, or, as some might say a 'career choice'; rather, it was/is, an urge, a pleasure and necessity. As such, I couldn't ask for more.

Random Audio Sample: Kooriwadjula talking : piano, didjeridu and frame drum by Romano Crivici, from the CD Flat earth

Photo of Romano Crivici


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

Romano Crivici is one of Australia's leading contemporary composer/performers (violin and piano) who has, in pioneering the integration of technology, improvisation and cross-cultural collaborations within the classical tradition, created a genre unique to contemporary music-making.

He has worked to build musical and cultural bridges in Australia, and in subtle ways created dialogues that address some of the particular issues, past and present which his country/culture faces. His work has seen him collaborate with artists from many cultures and performance styles - including long working relationships with Australian Indigenous artists, Indian/Jazz fusion artists, Javanese percussionists and traditional Tibetan performers within various creative multi-media formats.

This is, in his own words, 'to create not only something of beauty or soulfulness, but an attempt at finding or creating some meaning and relevance … a living and ongoing shared sense of humanity, if not in the broader cultural milleau, then at least within my own head'.

To these ends Crivici founded both the Elektra String Quartet and the Elektra Collektive as two disciplined and flexible ensembles that work within many cross cultural art forms and give voice to his musical visions, as well as commission and perform works by various Australian composers.

Crivici, a former member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the New England String Quartet (violin) has also worked widely as a pianist, repetiteur and conductor. He completed a Master's in Music (conducting) and Diploma in Social Science (anthropology) at the University of Sydney.

His collection of works - particularly those composed in the last five years - are indicative of his broad ranging interests and approach to composition and demonstrate something of the eclectic and non-academic style of his writing and performance.

Romano Crivici — current to August 2018

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Sonata for Solo Violin : Transient Pre-psychotic Episodes (2018) "Commissioned: self"
If Leaves could Sing : Piano sonata/tone poem (2016) Commissioned by Powerhouse Museum, Sydney (Part of partnership project between Powerhouse Museum and Elektra String Quartet)
String Quartet No 5 : Gregorian Funk (2016) Commissioned by Elektra String Quartet.
String Quartet No 4 : Undercurrents (2015) Originally commissioned: Elektra String Quartet, July 1996. Revised and completely redeveloped: 2014 -15
Adagio and allegro in C# : "Now and Then" (2009) Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
Pastoral (a grateful song) : Music for kids series (2007) Written specifically for my own young students ensemble.