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Carl Vine AO

Artistic Director

The best concerts offer inspiration, solace and joy in equal measure, and endure in our memories as monuments to the finest human achievements.

Carl Vine has been the Artistic Director of Musica Viva Australia since 2000.

Carl is directly responsible for the artistic direction and planning of the International Concert Season, Musica Viva Festival and Huntington Estate Music Festival as well as overseeing the company’s overall artistic vision.

Carl first came to prominence in Australia as a composer of music for dance, with 25 dance scores to his credit. His catalogue includes seven symphonies, eight concertos, music for film, television and theatre, electronic music and numerous chamber works. His piano music is played frequently around the world. 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 Olympic Games (1996 Atlanta Olympics, 'Sydney 2000' presentation).

Born in Perth, Carl 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. Carl received the Australia Council for the Arts’ Don Banks Award for Outstanding Contribution to Australian Music in 2005 and was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Music from the University of Western Australia in 2010.

Amongst his most acclaimed scores are Mythologia (2000), Piano Sonata no 1 (1990) and Poppy (1978) for the Sydney Dance Company and Choral Symphony (no 6, 1996) for the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. His most recent compositions include a Violin Concerto for the Dene Olding and the Australian Youth Orchestra, Sonata for Piano Four Hands for the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and Symphony no 7 for the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.