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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: Numbness : for solo cello by Raffæle Marcellino, from the CD I Thought I Saw Your Face

Photo of Raffæle Marcellino

Photo: Australian Institute of Music


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).

Recent 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 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, and The Pluperfect Square Dances performed by Tom O'Kelly in Kunazawa, Japan.

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.

In 2005 Marcellino was appointed Dean of the Australian Institute of Music, Sydney. Over the course of 2005-2009, Marcellino oversaw the reaccreditation and re-registration of the Institute and the expansion of its programs, including significant strategic partnerships with Sydney Opera House, Sydney Youth Orchestras and Apple Computers. In August 2009, Marcellino left AIM and joined a new institution, Australian College of the Arts (Collarts), with the task to set up a tertiary provider in Melbourne. In 2010 Collarts achieved higher education status with three new degree programs. In 2011 Collarts was joined with a Sydney institution, Macleay College with Marcellino as Dean. In 2013 Marcellino joined SAE Qantm as Director of Academic and Student Services.

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 2013

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.
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.
Digital sheet music sample Travelling music #1 : Buzet-sur-Baïse (2010) Commissioned by Rachel Scott.

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