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Michael Sollis : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: Northern Lights (soprano with chamber ensemble and electronics) by Michael Sollis, from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 66

Photo of Michael Sollis

Photo: Keith Saunders


Michael creates captivating artistic journeys by sharing diverse worldviews with curious people, inviting audiences to discover and question the world around them. As a composer, artistic director, and mandolinist, Michael has had a unique impact on the Australian music scene. This has included his work as founder, composer, and director of the acclaimed Griffyn Ensemble, and the very first Artistic Director, Education for Musica Viva Australia - working with Australia's finest musicians to give over 280,000 students every year the best opportunity to discover music and creativity.

Michael is among the most sought-out creative voices in Australia, producing new work through diverse collaborations - whether it be with visual artists, dancers, astronomers, geneticists, farmers, or Rugby League clubs. Michael has created ground breaking works in locations across the globe: in Australia from rural Tennant Creek to his home city of Canberra, and internationally from Papua New Guinea to Norway. As an Australian composer his works have been performed by groups such as the Australian String Quartet, the Australian Voices, and internationally by exhAust, the peärls before swïne experience, and Red Note Ensemble.

Michael's passion for music is only matched by his passion for Rugby League, being a first grade stalwart for the Gungahlin Bulls in the Canberra Raiders Cup, and he continues to work to promote exchange between sporting and arts communities. Michael is also a noted researcher within the interdisciplinary fields of anthropology-composition-linguistics. His work on sung stories in the Papua New Guinea highlands has been published by ANU E-Press and the Australian Journal of Linguistics.

Michael Sollis — current to September 2019

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Three bush songs : treble choir with chamber ensemble Commissioned by the Canberra Boys Choir and Canberra Mandolin Orchestra
Hairyworm Hobble (solo piccolo) (2020) Written as part of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra's 2020 Australian Miniseries.
Digital sheet music sample Secrets in a shoebox : for mandolin orchestra (2013) Commissioned by the Canberra Mandolin Orchestra for their 10th anniversary and the Canberra Centenary
City of trees : soprano with ensemble (2013) Commissioned by the Canberra Centenary
Digital sheet music sample Giningininderry : SATB choir (2013) Composed for the XIX National ASME Conference
Mirage (duos: piccolo, percussion) (2012) Commissioned by Canberra International Music Festival.