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Carl Vine AO is one of Australia's best known and often performed composers, with an extensive orchestral catalogue featuring eight symphonies and thirteen 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). From 2000 until 2019 Carl was the Artistic Director of Musica Viva Australia, the world's largest entrepreneur of chamber music. Within that role he was also Artistic Director of the Huntington Estate Music Festival from 2006, and of the Musica Viva Festival (Sydney) from 2008. Carl has been Senior Lecturer in Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music since 2014.

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Carl's guitar quintet Endless celebrates the life of architect and dedicated environmentalist Jennifer Bates. The world premiere was presented in February and March by Karin Schaupp and the Flinders Quartet on a Musica Viva Australian national concert tour. Lindsay Garritson presented the world premiere of Carl's Five Intermezzi for solo piano on Sunday Feb 5 at the United Church of Christ in Naples, Florida. Lindsay gave the Australian premiere of the third and fourth Intermezzi, a gift from the composer to the pianist, in September 2022.
Carl's Five Intermezzi is now available from Faber Music. This collection of character pieces was sparked by the first in the set, Resolve, commissioned by the Olga Kern International Piano Competition and premiered at that competition in October 2022. Carl's second piano concerto was performed by the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra at Cadogan Hall in London on 29 November. Soloist Piers Lane, who gave the world premiere performances of this work in 2012, was conducted by Scott Wilson.
In September 2022 brilliant American pianist Lindsay Garritson gave the Australian premiere performance of Carl's Fourth Piano Sonata at the Melbourne Recital Centre. The program included the Australian premiere of "Three Pieces", a set of short character works - a gift from Carl to Lindsay. Carl's new clarinet quintet, Concord, was commissioned by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Omega Ensemble with the generous support of Geoff Stearn and Kathie Grinberg. Members of the orchestra gave the Tasmanian premiere of the work at Woolmers Estate, Longford (near Launceston) in September 2022 as part of the orchestra's Music At Woolmers program.
The Enchanted Loom is an album of Carl's recent orchestral music produced by ABC Classic. It features world premiere recordings of his 8th symphony (The Enchanted Loom), Concerto for Orchestra and the orchestral fanfare "V" ("vee"). This album won the 2022 Aria Award for Best Classical Album. YouTube contains many clips of Carl's music of variable quality. This curated list of clips contains some of Carl's favourite performances available on the internet.

Recent Highlights
Carl's new concerto for piano four hands, Zofomorphosis, was commissioned by the ZOFO Piano Duet from San Francisco. They gave the world premiere performance to a packed house at the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago on August 17 conducted by the festival's Artistic Director Carlos Kalmar. Pianist Xiaoya Liu has released the first commercial album featuring all four of Carl's piano sonatas. It is available from Naxos Direct and on Apple Music (and iTunes), Spotify and other streaming services.
Concord is Carl's new clarinet quintet commissioned by Omega Ensemble and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. The first performances were presented by the Omega Ensemble in Sydney and Newcastle on 2 and 5 July 2022. On 22 July the Klavierduo Hayashizaki Hagemann presents a concert of new music for piano four hands titled Zweisamkeit (togetherness) at the Reutlingen Art Museum. It features Carl's Sonata for Piano Four Hands alongside new music by Volker Ignaz Schmidt, Michael Frank Hagemann, Jacqueline Fontyn, Robert Alexander Bohnke and John Palmer.
American pianist and fine art photographer Elina Akselrud has released a new digital album for solo piano, Scriabin & Vine. It features Scriabin's 24 Preludes op 11 and Carl's 3rd Piano Sonata. It is available on Apple music and all major streaming services. Endless is Carl's new work for quitar and string quartet, celebrating the life of architect and dedicated environmentalist Jennifer Bates. It will be premiered by Karin Schaupp and the Flinders Quartet on a Musica Viva national concert tour in 2023.
Renowned flutist Jeffrey Khaner performed Carl's flute concerto Pipe Dreams with the Chamber Orchestra of Edmonton in September as the last concert of their 2021 season. The concert was at Louise McKinney Riverfront Park in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Carl's trombone concerto, Five Hallucinations, was played at the Grand Teton Music Festival in Wyoming in July 2021. The soloist was the work's dedicatee, Mick Mulcahy, and the Festival Orchestra was conducted by Sir Donald Runnicles at Walk Festival Hall in Teton Village.
Carl's symphonic fanfare "V" was played by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra conducted by new Assistant Conductor Thaddeus Huang in May and June, 2021. The Vision String Quartet's performance of Carl's Third String Quartet in January 2020 at the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie was cancelled. Instead they presented it in a brilliant live Concert-Stream from the Philharmonie Essen.
Carl was interviewed by the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in November 2020 for its Cliburn Masterpiece series about the impact his first piano sonata has had on the competition. The interview is also available on Vimeo. The Vision String Quartet had planned to present Carl's Third String Quartet on tour in Germany and Switzerland in late 2020. The tour was cancelled following the European Covid-19 resurgence.
The scheduled performance of Carl's Sonata for Piano Four Hands by the Piano Duo Hayashizaki-Hagemann at the Art Museum Spendhaus (Reutlingen) in June 2020 was cancelled due to Covid-19. The innovative multimedia experience ZOFOMOMA featuring Carl's "Arrival of Implacable Gifts" was to receive new performances from the ZOFO Piano Duet in the USA through 2020. These were all cancelled due to Covid-19.
Lindsay Garritson's worldwide premiere tour to launch Carl's Fourth Piano Sonata was interrupted by Covid-19. Her 2020 performances at the Melbourne Recital Centre in Australia and at the Esplanade Recital Studio in Singapore have both been postponed until further notice. Ms Garritson's exclusive right to perform the work has been extended and the work won't be publicly available until July 2021. Performances of Carl's Percussion Symphony in March 2020 by the Canberra Symphony Orchestra conducted by Nicholas Milton AM, were cancelled due to Covid-19.
also see: Archive Highlights

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).
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 offering both printed music and digital downloads.
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.
Don't miss Carl's curated list of preferred audio clips on YouTube.


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