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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: Five tales of human endeavor : for solo guitar by Stuart Greenbaum, from the CD Thin blue line

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, 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 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 (commenced in 2000) aimed 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 comprises around 24 major works. The complete project constitutes a collected body of work of over eight hours of music.

Greenbaum's music appears on over 40 commercially released CDs, notably including eight releases dedicated solely to his output (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 December 2021

Teacher/Influence on

Katy Abbott (1998 - 1999)

Nat Bartsch (2019 - current)

David Keeffe (2012)

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)

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'
Brought to Light : Symphony No.5 for SATB chorus, percussion and strings (2022) commissioned by Cantori New York
Digital sheet music sample Five Snowflakes from Sweden : for solo harp (2020) Written at the invitation of Alice Giles. Composed while in residence at the Visby International Centre for Composers, Sweden
Digital sheet music sample Moon Saturn Jupiter : for solo flute (2020) Commissioned by Canberra Symphony Orchestra.
Digital sheet music sample Aerial View of the Valley : for orchestra (2019) Commissioned by Essendon Symphony Orchestra
Digital sheet music sample The Building Revealed : for brass, percussion and fixed media (2019) Written for the MCM brass and percussion ensembles

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