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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: Quintet : Nightshift : string quartet & double bass with loop by Romano Crivici, from the CD Flat earth

Photo of Romano Crivici

Photo: Carla Thackrah


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 Unconscious 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 Masters 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 January 2022

Studied with

Gordon Watson -Piano (1967 - 1975)

Robert Pikler -Violin and conducting (1975 - 1976)

Alex Todicescu (1975 - 1983)


Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
The Tree (Oj Javore) : for flute and piano, from 'Slavic Grooves and Meditations' (2021) Commissioned by Carla Thackrah
If Leaves could Sing : Piano sonata/tone poem (2021) Commissioned by Powerhouse Museum, Sydney (Part of partnership project between Powerhouse Museum and Elektra String Quartet) This work has undergone extensive revision and development since its first performance/recording in 2001
Watching for Kali : for string quintet and percussion x 2 (2021) Commissioned by the Elektra String Quartet for a collaborative project with Blair Greenberg on Table from the "Paranormal Music Society"
Digital sheet music sample In Times of Change -II : for chamber orchestra (2020) Commissioned by Arafura Ensemble.
Gathering : for didjeridu, string quartet & percussion x 3 (2020) Commissioned by Elektra String Quartet.
Sonata for Flute and Piano : The Stillness of Waves (2020) Composed for my partner, Carla Thackrah "Dedicated to my toots!"