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Stuart Greenbaum : Represented Artist

I hear music in time as a journey. Often this involves viewing our home planet Earth from a distance and considering our place in the universe. I gravitate toward remote and abandoned places on Earth or beyond as a metaphor.

Random Audio Sample: Sonata for trombone and piano : trombone with piano by Stuart Greenbaum, from the CD Return Journey

Photo of Stuart Greenbaum

Photo: Lauren Dunn


The Stuart Greenbaum sound has overt connections to jazz, pop and minimalism but is equally grounded in the Western art music tradition.

With a catalogue of over 200 works written for the concert stage, Greenbaum's music is heard regularly in Australia and abroad. Nelson, a three-act opera with libretto by Ross Baglin, was presented in London in 2005 and premiered in full at the 2007 Castlemaine State Festival. Their second opera, The Parrot Factory, received a five-show season in 2010, staged by Victorian Opera at the Malthouse. Major choral works include The Foundling, commissioned by Cantori New York in 1997, and From the Beginning, commissioned for the sesquicentenary of the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic in 2003.

His orchestral output includes works for the SSO, MSO, AYO and, recently, City Lights a Mile Up, commissioned by the Tasmanian Symphony orchestra. Major chamber works have been written for the Australia Ensemble, the Southern Cross Soloists, Ensemble Liaison, the Grigoryan Brothers and the Flinders Quartet.

He was featured composer at the 2006 Aurora Festival, resident composer at the 2009 Port Fairy Spring Music Festival and Composer in Focus at the 2009 Bangalow Music Festival. In 2009 he was Australia's representative for the Trans-Tasman Composer Exchange, working in Auckland with NZTrio on The Year Without a Summer, which toured nationally for Chamber Music New Zealand, in Sydney for the ISCM World New Music Days (2010), and internationally at the City of London Festival (2011). He was featured composer with the Flinders Quartet in 2016.

The Greenbaum Sonata Project (commenced in 2000) aims to create a substantial recital work for all major orchestral instruments, contributing new repertoire for professional and emerging artists. Across the wind, brass, percussion and string families, this will comprise around 20 major works. The complete project will constitute a collected body of work of around seven hours of music.

Greenbaum's music appears on over 40 commercially released CDs, notably including seven releases dedicated solely to his output (The Thin Blue Line, Return Journey, Satellite Mapping, Mondrian Interiors, 800 Million Heartbeats, Mercurial and Music for Theatre).

Prizes include the Dorian Le Gallienne Award, Heinz Harant Prize, and the Albert Maggs Award. 90 Minutes Circling the Earth won Orchestral Work of the Year at the 2008 Classical Music Awards.

Having studied composition with Broadstock and Conyngham at the University of Melbourne, Greenbaum now holds a position in the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music as Professor and Head of Composition.

Stuart Greenbaum — current to July 2018

Teacher/Influence on

Katy Abbott (1998 - 1999)

Anthony Lyons (2007 - 2008)

Andrián Pertout

Katherine Rawlings

Harry Sdraulig (2013)

Mark Viggiani (2007 - 2008)

James Wade

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Bagatelle for Aksel (solo piano) Composed in response to Julian Yu's call for variations on 'Twinkle, twinkle, little star'
Digital sheet music sample Sonata for viola and piano : Leaving Earth (2017) Written for the Australian National Academy of Music Low String Sonatas Project
Digital sheet music sample String quartet no.7 : Recognition (2016) Commissioned in honour of Barry Jones
Digital sheet music sample String quartet no.6 : The lonely planet (2015) Commissioned by Julian Burnside.
Digital sheet music sample The gradual slowing of the Earth : concerto for organ and symphonic winds (2014) Commissioned by City of Melbourne for performance by Royal Australian Air Force Band.
City lights, a mile up : for orchestra (2013) Commissioned by HUSH Music Foundation for performance by Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Northey.

Analysis & Media

- Review: The Song Company GreenConcert 18 July 1991

- Video: Stuart Greenbaum - Clockwork Lemon perf by Claire Edwardes

- Video: Stuart Greenbaum - 90 Minutes Circling the Earth

- Video: Stuart Greenbaum: 800 miilion heartbeats

- Video: Two interludes in space, by Stuart Greenbaum