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Raffæle Marcellino : Represented Artist

'My music contains a tilt towards Europe, values idiosyncrasy over ideology and wit rather than obscurity.'

Random Audio Sample: World's greatest tango : clarinet with piano by Raffæle Marcellino, from the CD Keating tangos

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Raffæle Marcellino (b. 1964) is a composer whose music has been performed by many of the leading Australian ensembles, including OzOpera, The Song Company, The Seymour Group, Synergy, Sydney Alpha Ensemble, Continuum Saxophone Quartet and all the major symphony orchestras.

Marcellino has also established an international profile with performances by Ensemble Modern (2000 Music World Music Days in Luxembourg), Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (Canada), the Sydney Front (Europe and South East Asia) and Tom O'Kelly (Japan).

Premieres include L'arte di volare performed by the Tasmania Symphony Orchestra; The Art of Perception performed by the Australia Ensemble at the International Music and Psychology Conference, Sydney; The Flight of Les Darcy, an opera that premiered in 2001 at the 10 Days on the Island Festival, Hobart Tasmania; The Art of Memory performed by Marina Phillips and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra at the City Recital Hall, Sydney, Psalm Davids for the Sydney Philharmonia Choir, O Antiphons for the Song Company, Mrs Macquarie's Cello for ABC Radio National and Dawn Desiderata for the Sydney Festival.

In October 2004 his opera Midnite was premiered at the Melbourne International Festival of the Arts by OzOpera, with libretto by Doug MacLeod and conducted by Richard Gill.

for the Melbourne Festival, Raffaele was Head of the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music University of Tasmania 1996-8 and was Dean of the Australian Institute of Music from 2003-2009. In 2010 he became Foundation Dean of the Australian College of the Arts (Collarts). Collarts joined with Macleay College, a private tertiary education provider in music performance, production, music business, journalism, advertising and business, with students in Sydney and Melbourne. In March 2013 he became Director of Academic and Student Services for SAE Qantm Creative Media Institute, a division of Navitas. In April 2015 Raffaele relocated to Oxford to take up the global role of Chief Academic Officer for SAE Institute.

Raffaele was appointed Provost for the newly organised Navitas Careers and Industry Division relocating to Sydney in 2017 and Executive General Manager, Learning and Teaching in 2019. In 2022 he was appointed Executive Director, Education and Skills at TAFE NSW with portfolio responsibility for creative media, hospitality and tourism skills clusters and Sydney metropolitan skills education.

Marcellino says of his music: 'My music contains a tilt towards Europe, values idiosyncrasy over ideology and wit rather than obscurity'.

Raffæle Marcellino — current to June 2023

Teacher/Influence on

Simon Reade (1998)

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
1999 Paul Lowin Song Cycle Prize Winner Canticle

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Ich lass dich nicht : saxophone solo Written for Franziska Schroeder for her Honours project at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music
Heart of fire : vocal ensemble Written for the 2000 Paralympics
Les Darcy dances (septets: flute, clarinet, piano, 2 violins, viola, cello) This work was commissioned by the Australia Ensemble to celebrate its 30th anniversary
Turbulent passions calm (duos: soprano, mezzo-soprano with chamber ensemble) (2014) Commissioned by Halcyon.
Digital sheet music sample Duormi Tranquillu : for voice and orchestra : for voice and orchestra (2012) commissioned by the Ryde Hunters Hill Symphony Orchestra in its inaugural year
Night prelude : cello solo (2011) Commissioned by Rachel Scott for her series 'Bach in the Dark' performed in the crypt of St James Church Sydney.

Analysis & Media

- Program note: Fish Tale

- Review: Taking artistic licence - Song Company Modern Art Series September 18

- Program note: Fish Tale

- Review: The Song Company Funereal Rites 26 August 1995

- Review: The Song Company Trans-Tasman Waves i February 2005

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- Video: Raffaele Marcellino on A strange kind of paradise - In conversation with...

- Video: A strange kind of paradise (Movements I and II), by Raffaele Marcellino