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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: Pia Johnson


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 230 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 (1997) and Brought to Light - Symphony No.5 (2022), commissioned by Cantori New York. From the Beginning was commissioned for the sesquicentenary of the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic in 2003 and the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs commissioned The Night that the Museum Burned for their 2022 season.

His orchestral output includes works for the SSO, MSO, AYO, ACO and CSO. City Lights a Mile Up, was commissioned by the Tasmanian Symphony orchestra. Major chamber works have been written for the Australia Ensemble, the Southern Cross Soloists, Ensemble Liaison, Omega Ensemble, Grigoryan Brothers, Ensemble Francaix and The Australian Ballet.

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 and Resident Composer with MYO in 2019. He was a Resident Fellow at the Akiyoshidai International Art Village in Japan in 2019 and a Composer in Residence at the Visby International Centre for Composers in Sweden in 2020.

The Greenbaum Sonata Project (from 2000) comprises substantial recital works for all major orchestral instruments, contributing new repertoire for professional and emerging artists. Across the wind, brass, percussion and string families, this constitutes 25 major works - a collected body of work of over eight hours of music.

Greenbaum's music appears on over 40 commercially released albums, notably including ten releases dedicated solely to his output (A Trillion Miles of Darkness, Electric Confession, The Final Hour, 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 November 2022

Studied with

Barry Conyngham (1988 - 1989)

Brenton Broadstock (1990 - 1999)


Teacher/Influence on

Katy Abbott (1998 - 1999)

Nat Bartsch (2019 - current)

Lewis Ingham (2016)

David Keeffe (2012 - 2018)

May Lyon

Anthony Lyons (2007 - 2008)

Robert McIntyre (2020)

Christian O'Brien (2009 - 2011)

Andrián Pertout

Katherine Rawlings

Harry Sdraulig (2013)

Mark Viggiani (2007 - 2008)

Ade Vincent (2002 - 2023)

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 Brought to Light : Symphony No.5 for SATB chorus, percussion and strings (2022) Commissioned by Cantori New York.
The Night that the Museum Burned : for SATB choir and strings (2022) Commissioned by Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.
Digital sheet music sample Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp : The Way Through (2022) Commissioned by Canberra Symphony Orchestra.
Digital sheet music sample The Runway (mixed choir with orchestra) (2022) commissioned by Wesley College Melbourne
Digital sheet music sample beats per year : for solo piano (2022) written in celebration of the 70th birthday of Brenton Broadstock

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

- Video: Lunar Orbit