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Carl Vine : Represented Artist

Random Audio Sample: Piano concerto : for piano and orchestra by Carl Vine, from the CD Eternity


Photo of Carl Vine

Artist website: http://carlvine.com

Carl Vine AO is one of Australia's best known and often performed composers, with an impressive orchestral catalogue featuring eight symphonies and thirteen concertos. His piano music is performed frequently around the world and recordings of his music on more than 60 CDs play regularly on Australian radio. He has an extensive range of chamber music alongside various work for film, television, dance and theatre. Although primarily a composer of modern art music, he has undertaken such diverse tasks as arranging the Australian National Anthem and writing music for the Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games (Atlanta, 1996).

Born in Perth, he studied piano with Stephen Dornan and composition with John Exton at the University of Western Australia. Moving to Sydney in 1975, he worked as a freelance pianist and composer with a wide range of ensembles, theatre and dance companies over the following decades.

Amongst his most acclaimed scores are Piano Sonata (1990) and Poppy (1978) for the Sydney Dance Company and Choral Symphony (No.6, 1996) for the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. His first six symphonies are available on the ABC Classics double-CD set Carl Vine: The Complete Symphonies performed by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Much of his chamber music is available on three discs from Tall Poppies Records (TP013, TP120 and TP190).

From 2000 until 2019 Carl was Artistic Director of Musica Viva Australia, the world's largest chamber music entrepreneur. Within that role he was also Artistic Director of the Huntington Estate Music Festival from 2006, and of the Musica Viva Festival (Sydney) from 2008. Carl has been Senior Lecturer in Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music since 2014. His recent compositions include Piano Sonata No 4, "The Enchanted Loom" (Symphony no 8) for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, "Implacable Gifts", a concerto for two pianos for the West Australian and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, and "Five Hallucinations" a trombone concerto for the Chicago and Sydney Symphony Orchestras. In 2014 Carl was appointed an Officer of The Order Of Australia (AO) in the Queen's Birthday Honours List. For more information visit carlvine.com.


Carl Vine — current to November 2021

Teacher/Influence on

Ashley Hribar (1990 - current)

Christine Pan (2020)

Victoria Pham

Harry Sdraulig

Elizabeth Younan (2014 - 2018)

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2019 Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Orchestral Winner Implacable Gifts
2018 Art Music Awards: Award for Excellence by an Individual Winner 2017 activities
2015 Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Instrumental Finalist Piano trio : 'The Village'
2015 Art Music Awards: Performance of the Year Finalist Concerto for orchestra
2014 Art Music Awards: Award for Excellence by an Individual Finalist exemplary contribution to Musica Viva Australia in 2013 as Artistic Director, and to the wider arts and cultural industry
2014 Art Music Awards: Award for Excellence by an Organisation or an Individual Finalist (Individual) exemplary contribution to Musica Viva Australia in 2013 as Artistic Director, and to the wider arts and cultural industry
2013 Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Orchestral Finalist Piano concerto No. 2
2009 Paul Lowin Orchestral Prize Highly Commended Symphony No. 7 : scenes from daily life
2005 Don Banks Music Award Recipient
2002 Classical Music Awards - Instrumental Work of the Year Winner Piano sonata no. 1

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Piano Sonata No. 4 (solo piano) (2019) Commissioned by Lindsay Garritson.
Digital sheet music sample A Farewell to Music (tenor with chamber ensemble) (2019) Commissioned by Jane Mathews for performance by Musica Viva Australia.
Digital sheet music sample The Enchanted Loom : Symphony No. 8 : full orchestra (2018) Commissioned by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Then and Now : for low voice and string quartet (2018) Commissioned by Katie Noonan for a series of performances featuring the Australian String Quartet
Digital sheet music sample Implacable Gifts : Concerto for two pianos and orchestra (2018) Commissioned by Geoff Stearn, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra for performance by West Australian Symphony Orchestra.
Digital sheet music sample String quartet no. 6 : Child's play : string quartet (2017) Commissioned by Frédérique Katz, Michael Katz, Musica Viva Australia.

Analysis & Media

Book: Composer as artisan : Carl Vine and the dance / Amanda Meale.

- Document: Profile – Carl Vine

- Program note: Carl Vine's "Percussion Symphony"

- Program note: Carl Vine's "Symphony No. 4"

- Program note: Carl Vine's "Symphony No.4.2"

- Article: Interesting display of contemporary work

- Article: Knowing the score

- Article: Odd man out brings his many talents to town

- Article: Dawn of a new world symphony