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Carl Vine

Born: 1954

Nationality: Australian

Publisher: Novello & Co

Photo © Ken Martin


Carl Vine first came to prominence in Australia as a composer of music for dance, with over 20 dance scores to his credit. His catalogue now includes 6 symphonies, 4 concertos, music for film, television and theatre, electronic music and numerous solo and chamber works. Although primarily a composer of modern 'classical' music he has undertaken tasks as diverse as arranging the Australian National Anthem and writing music for the Closing Ceremony of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics (the Sydney 2000 presentation).

Born in 1954 in Perth, Western Australia, he studied piano with Sephen 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 variety of ensembles, theatre and dance companies. He has been resident composer with the Sydney Dance Company (1978), the London Contemporary Dance Theatre (1979), the New South Wales State Conservatorium (1985), the Australian Chamber Orchestra (1987) and the Western Australian University (1989).


In 1979 he was co-founder of the contemporary music ensemble Flederman, which specialised in the performance of new Australian music and presented many of Carl's own works. He has given the premiere performance of several Australian works for solo piano, and has appeared as conductor and pianist in Europe, the United Kingdom and the USA. From 1980 to 1982 he was Lecturer in Electronic Music Composition at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music.


Amongst his most acclaimed scores are Poppy (1978) for the Sydney Dance Company, Elegy (1985) for Flederman, Café Concertino (1984) for the Australia Ensemble, Piano Sonata (1990) for Michael Harvey and Percussion Symphony (No 5) (1995) for Sidney Symphony Orchestra with Synergy Percussion. Percussion Symphony was recently released by ABC Classics Records, joining his "Three Symphonies" disc (Symphony No 1-3) on the same label. "Chamber Music Volume I" featuring Piano Sonata was released in 1992 by Tall Poppies Records, which also recently released Inner World (for cello and sampled cello) and Five Bagatelles for solo piano.


Carl completed his first two feature films in 1993: You Can't Push the River and Bedevil. The ATN-7 television mini-series The Battlers was screened in mid-1994, the soundtrack of which is also available on Tall Poppies Records. He recently completed work on the Kennedy Miller documentary White Fella's Dreaming (for the British Film Institute), a multi-media work called Descent which is shortlisted for the Masterprize, and a first Piano Concerto.
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