Archive Highlights

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 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. Carl's fourth piano sonata 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 composed a new work to be the last music ever heard at the 30th and final Huntington Estate Music Festival in November 2019. "A Farewell to Music" featured every musician appearing at the festival. It is a solo cantata setting of Shelley's evocative poem, Music, When Soft Voices Die. (see the performance on Youtube).
Masterful pianist Poom Prommachart played Carl's Piano Sonata No 1 at the Steinway Piano Gallery Ottawa in October 2019. Poom is co-founder and Artistic Director of the VP Agency in Singapore representing an exclusive roster of exceptional international pianists. Carl composed the song "Then and Now" 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 in October 2019. The complete project is available on Katie's CD The Glad Tomorrow.
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. In June 2019 Carl's Choral Symphony (Symphony No 6) was performed at the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago. Carlos Kalmar conducted the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus at Millennium Park.
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 especially for the production. 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 and Geelong 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 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 sonata 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. Carl's cantata, "Wonders", for soprano, baritone, orchestra and two large choirs, is a setting of the Walt Whitman poem "Who learns my lesson complete?" (1855). It was commissioned by Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, and first performed by them with Penelope Miller, Christopher Hillier and the Sydney Youth Orchestra conducted by Brett Weymark in September 2016 at the Sydney Opera House.
Carl's trombone concerto, "Five Hallucinations" was co-commissioned for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. The world premiere was given by trombonist Michael Mulcahy with the Chicago Symphony conducted by James Gaffigan at the Chicago Symphony Center on 6 October 2016. It was written for and is dedicated to Michael Mulcahy. Professor Rhod McNeill, an advisor to 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.

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