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Carl Vine. Image: Keith Saunders

Artistic Director (2000-2019)

Carl Vine AO, Artistic Director of Musica Viva has been directly responsible for the artistic direction and planning of the International Concert Season, Sydney and Melbourne Coffee Concerts, Musica Viva Festival and Huntington Estate Music Festival as well as overseeing the company’s overall artistic vision.

Carl is one of Australia's best known and often performed composers, with an impressive orchestral catalogue featuring seven symphonies and ten 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, 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 recent compositions include Concerto for Orchestra for the West Australian Symphony, "Gravity Road" for the Queensland Youth Orchestra, "The Tree of Man" for the Australian Chamber Orchestra, and Piano Concerto No 2 for the Sydney Symphony.