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Don Banks - a nexus between genres


Don Banks - a nexus between genres

  • Date: Thursday, 31 May 2012, 1pm
  • Venue: Sydney Conservatorium of Music — Cnr Macquarie St and Bridge St, Sydney, NSW

Event Details

Venue: Conservatorium Library, Level 1

This talk by Marcus Hartstein will elaborate on aspects of Banks’ life, career and works.

Born in Melbourne into a family preoccupied with music, and jazz in particular, Don Banks was performing at the piano by the age of six. At school he formed a jazz band with friends, stopping only when on turning eighteen he enlisted in the army. After the war he studied both composition and piano at the University of Melbourne, and in 1949 set off for further studies in London. Periods of study with Seiber, Babbitt, Dallapiccola and Nono followed, as did a very successful career as a composer of orchestral, chamber, cartoon, radio, film, electronic and third-stream music.
On his return to Australia in 1972, Banks worked initially in Canberra before becoming Head of the School of Composition at Sydney Conservatorium, a position he held at the time of his death from leukaemia in 1980.

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