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Carl Vine AO is one of Australia's best known and often performed composers, with an impressive orchestral catalogue featuring eight symphonies and twelve 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 Olympic Games (Closing Ceremony, Atlanta 1996). Carl was the Artistic Director of Musica Viva Australia from 2000 until 2019, and from 2006 also Artistic Director of the Huntington Estate Music Festival, Australia's most prestigious chamber music festival. Since 2014 he has been Senior Lecturer in Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

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News
Carl's new Piano Sonata No 4 was commissioned by American pianist Lindsay Garritson, who gives the world premiere performance at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall (New York), on Monday November 11 2019. Ms Garritson has the exclusive right to perform the work until mid-2020. Carl's Sixth String Quartet, Child's Play, will be played by the Goldner String Quartet on 9 November at the Ukaria Cultural Centre in Mount Barker (South Australia). They perform it again on 17 and 21 November at the 2019 Huntington Estate Music Festival in Mudgee, New South Wales.
For the 30th and final Huntington Estate Music Festival in November 2019 Carl has composed a new work to be the last music ever heard at the festival. "A Farewell to Music" was commissioned by long-time festival patron the late Jane Mathews AO, and features every musician appearing at the festival. The work is a solo cantata setting of Shelley's evocative poem, Music, When Soft Voices Die. On 18 and 19 March 2020, the Canberra Symphony Orchestra will play Carl's Percussion Symphony conducted by Nicholas Milton AM. The program includes Saint-Saën's famous Organ Symphony and 'XPT' by Australian composer Natalie Williams.
American pianist Lindsay Garritson continues her worldwide premiere of Carl's Fourth Piano Sonata in 2020 with performances in London (Royal College of Music, 28 January), Melbourne (Melbourne Recital Centre, 16 April), and Singapore (Esplanade Recital Studio, 2 May). On 26 June 2020 the Piano Duo Hayashizaki-Hagemann performs Carl's Sonata for Piano Four Hands at the Art Museum Spendhaus in Reutlingen, Germany. This "Memories" program for piano four hands celebrates 50 years of the musica nova concert series in Reutlingen.

Recent Highlights
Accomplished Thai pianist Poom Prommachart played Carl's Piano Sonata No 1 at the Steinway Piano Gallery Ottawa on 27 October. Poom is co-founder and Artistic Director of the VP Agency in Singapore managing an exclusive roster of exceptional international pianists. "Then and Now" is Carl's new song for Katie Noonan and the Australian String Quartet using the poetry of remarkable activist and artist Oodgeroo Noonuccal. It was premiered in an extensive concert tour of Australia starting at the Sydney Opera House on 28 October. The complete project is available on Katie's CD The Glad Tomorrow.
Carl's Choral Symphony (Symphony No 6) was performed at the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago in June 2019. Carlos Kalmar conducted the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus at Millennium Park. The Jupiter String Quartet performs Carl's piano quintet, "Fantasia", with pianist Bernadette Harvey on a new CD on the Marquis Classics label. The album features the world premiere recordings of four works commissioned by the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music. Available at the Marquis Website and on Amazon.
The ZOFO Piano Duet presented its ZOFOMOMA multimedia experience throughout Australia in May 2019. The performance included Carl's "Arrival of Implacable Gifts" for piano four hands, commissioned for the production. The duo also presented ZOFOMOMA in Tucson Arizona on April 18, 2019 for the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music. Conductor Arvo Volmer directed the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra in the Estonian premiere of Carl's Symphony No 7 in February 2019 at the Estonia Concert Hall in Tallinn.
At the Huntington Estate Music Festival in November 2018 Carl's piano trio, "The Village", was played by pianist Jayson Gillham with Dimity Hall (violin) and Julian Smiles (cello). The festival also included his solo cantata "Our Sons", in memory of the Anzacs, sung by renowned soprano Taryn Fiebig accompanied by the Chamber Orchestra of the Australian National Academy of Music. In Switzerland, November 2018, the Sinfonieorchester TriRhenum Basel performed Carl's fifth symphony, "Percussion Symphony". The orchestra was joined by the Black Forest Percussion Group and conducted by Julian Gibbons.
As the culmination of his time as 2018 Composer in Residence for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Carl's eighth symphony, The Enchanted Loom, was premiered by Chief Conductor Sir Andrew Davis in Melbourne in August and September. Other performances by the Melbourne Symphony through 2018 conducted by Sir Andrew Davis included Carl's MicroSymphony (Season Gala Concert in March), Concerto for Orchestra (May), the orchestral fanfare "V" (BBC Proms concert in July), "Smith's Alchemy" (August) and "The Tree of Man" (September).
Carl's new concerto for two pianos, Implacable Gifts, was commissioned by the West Australian and Tasmanian symphony orchestras with support from philanthropist Geoff Stearn. It was premiered by outstanding international pianists Piers Lane and Kathryn Stott conducted by Rory Macdonald in Perth and Hobart in May 2018. In early 2018, the Australian Ballet's tribute to iconic Australian choreographer Graeme Murphy included Carl's orchestral music for the ballet "The Silver Rose". The production had extended seasons at the Victorian Art Centre in March, and at the Sydney Opera House in April.
Carl's 2nd Piano Concerto received its Russian premiere on 30 December 2017 at the Mariinsky (3) Concert Hall in St Petersburg as part of the XIIth Mariinsky International Piano Festival. Pianist Mira Yevtich and the Mariinsky Orchestra were conducted by Valery Gergiev. Carl's new work for cello and piano, the Strutt Sonata, was premiered by Julian Smiles and Ian Munro at the Huntington Estate Music Festival in November 2017.
Carl's Sixth String Quartet, Child's Play, was premiered by the Takács Quartet in August 2017 on its Australian national concert tour for Musica Viva Australia. The group gave further performances of the work in October at Carnegie Hall (New York) and Colorado University (Boulder), and at Wigmore Hall (London) in November. In September 2017, flautist Jiro Yoshioka gave the first Japanese performance of Carl's flute concerto Pipe Dreams at the Yomiuri Otemachi Hall in Tokyo. The Otemachi Million Concert Orchestra was conducted by Takeshi Ooi.
The Sydney Symphony Orchestra gave the Australian premiere of Carl's trombone concerto, "Five Hallucinations" at the Sydney Opera House in April 2017. Chicago Symphony trombonist Michael Mulcahy, to whom the work is dedicated, was conducted by Mark Wigglesworth. The world premiere was given in October 2016 by Michael with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Professor Rhod McNeill, Head of Arts and Communication at the University of Southern Queensland, has written an encyclopaedic reference and analysis of Carl's concert music. It is available at Wildbird Music, which has produced an accompanying Spotify playlist.

iTunes
Much of Carl's music is available on iTunes. You can also see the selected iTunes listing on this site. (A limited selection is also available at amazon.com).
Spotify
Carl Vine - a limited selection because Spotify doesn't suport composer listings.
Tall Poppies Records
This Australian record label has released a broad selection of Carl's chamber music.
Faber Music
Most of Carl's new music is published by Faber Music, which hosts an online music store providing printed music as direct download ("digital print") or physical score.
Arkiv Music
Arkiv Music provides online sales of a wide array of rare classical music recordings. It incorporates a substantial collection of Vine titles including several discs that aren't available anywhere else.
Buywell
Links to purchase recordings of music by Carl Vine through buywellmusic.com are provided throughout this site.
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