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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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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 February-March 2022.
Omega Ensemble and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra have commissioned Carl to write a new clarinet quintet. The first performances will be presented by the Omega Ensemble in Sydney and Newcastle on 2 and 5 July 2022. Carl has completed a new concerto for piano four hands, Zofomorphosis. This work was commissioned by the ZOFO Piano Duet from San Francisco, who have the exclusive right to give the first set of performances. The premiere is currently planned for mid 2022.
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. YouTube contains many clips of Carl's music of varied levels of utility. This carefully curated list of performances contains some of Carl's favourite performances available on the internet.

Recent Highlights
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. Carl's Piano Sonata No 4 was commissioned by Lindsay Garritson who gave the first performance at Carnegie Hall (New York) on November 11 2019. Ms Garritson gave further performances in Barcelona at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (26 Jan), and in London at the Royal College of Music (28 Jan) and at the University of West London (29 Jan).
American pianist Lindsay Garritson has released a new album of Carl's piano music. It features the premiere recording of Carl's Fourth Piano Sonata alongside his First Piano Sonata, the Anne Landa Preludes, Five Bagatelles and Toccatissimo. Carl's Sixth String Quartet, Child's Play, was performed by the Goldner String Quartet in November 2019 at the Ukaria Cultural Centre in Mount Barker (South Australia). They performed it again later that month at the 2019 Huntington Estate Music Festival in Mudgee, New South Wales.
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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