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Biography

  • A selection of authorised biographical notes are on the Biographical Notes page.
     
  • Reproducible photographs of Carl are on the Graphic Resources page.
     
  • Since November 2000, Carl has been the Artistic Director of Musica Viva Australia, the largest entrepreneur of chamber music in the world.
     
Portrait
photo © Belinda Webster 1994

Biographical Summary:

1954 Born in Perth, Western Australia, October 8
1959 Began learning the cornet
1960 Student at Hale Primary School, Perth
1964 Fractured 3 vertebrae falling out of a tree during gymnastics. Unable to play the trumpet, so started learning piano.
1967 Student at Guildford Grammar School (Secondary), Perth. Started learning the pipe organ under Choral Director Kathleen Wood. Pianist and Organist for School Church Services, Assemblies and assorted performances.
1970 First Prize in the Australian Society for Music Education Composers' Competition (under-18 section) for 'Unwritten Divertimento': his first complete electronic work.
1971 Completed his first commissioned score, '2 Short Circuits' (electronic tape work), for the West Australian Ballet Company, choreographed by Eleanor Martin. Graduated Dux of Guildford Grammar School with 2 Government University Exhibitions.
1972 Enrolled in Bachelor of Science degree course majoring in Physics at the University of Western Australia. Winner, Open Instrumental Solo division (Piano) of the Perth Music Festival. A.Mus.A. (Associate in Music, Australia) with distinction for Piano from the Australian Music Examinations Board. Harpist (on the piano) with the Queensland Youth Orchestra conducted by John Curro, for James Christiansen's production of 'Tosca' at the Innisfail Festival, North Queensland.
1973 Trainee Sound Recording Engineer at the Tape Transcription Unit, BBC, Shepherds Bush, London (2 months). Created the music soundtrack for experimental films 'IS' and 'Facade' directed by Barrie Oldfield (WA). Winner of the Australian Broadcasting Commission's Instrumental and Vocal Competition (Western Australian division - Piano).
1973-5 Pianist (casual orchestral, and occasionally solo) with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.
1974 Transferred to Bachelor of Music degree course (Composition Major) at the University of Western Australia. A member of the West Australian Debating Team competing at the National Championships in Adelaide.
1975 Participated in the inaugural 'Young Composers' Training Scheme' organised by the Australia Council. Moved to Sydney to commence his professional career.
1975-8 Accompanist and rehearsal pianist for the Sydney Dance Company (then the 'Dance Company of New South Wales'). Created the soundtrack for experimental film 'Envir' directed by Barrie Oldfield. Performed at a vast range of musical, electronic and 'alternative' events in and around Sydney. He was also Musical Director of 'Sounds Nice' vocal duo on the Sydney 'club' circuit with various TV appearances. Until 1980, freelance performer with such groups as the Australia Ensemble, A-Z Music, the Seymour Group, Mused Performance Ensemble, the Ashes of Sydney and others.
1976 Regular performer at the Sydney Opera House 'Environmental Music Series'. Assisted by the Australia Council to attend the Gulbenkian International Choreographic Summer School in Guildford, England.
1977 First fully professional commission for Dance : 'Tip' (for Sydney Dance Company). The score was called '961 Ways to Nirvana', for amplified string quartet, orchestra and electronics. (work subsequently withdrawn)
1978 Resident composer with the Sydney Dance Company. Composed the music for the first all-Australian full-length Ballet - 'Poppy'. Guest performer at 'Music Rostrum '78' (featuring Luciano Berio). Guest conductor for the Seymour Group.
1979 Conductor, pianist and resident composer at the London Contemporary Dance Theatre. Founded the contemporary music performance ensemble 'Flederman' with trombonist Simone de Haan in Sydney. Remained as pianist, composer, conductor and director of the ensemble until 1989.
1980 Participant in the first 'Australian Composers' Summer School' with the ABC Sinfonietta
1980-2 Lecturer in Electronic Music Composition at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music. The Flederman ensemble averaged 30 concerts each year on the Australian eastern seaboard.
1983 Received the 'Adams' award for outstanding contribution to Music for Dance in Australia. Flederman made its first international tour to the USA. Moved to Toowoomba (South-East Queensland) for R & R.
1984 Musical Director of the Australia/New Zealand Choreographic School (Melbourne) directed by Glen Tetley.
1985 Resident Composer at the New South Wales State Conservatorium. From 1985 to 1987, occasional conducting appearances with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
1987 Resident Composer with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Guest conductor with the Sydney Philharmonia Society. Flederman receives the Sydney Myer Performing Arts 'Group' Award.
1988 Flederman international tour to Holland, Finland and the UK, including a concert on the opening night of the BBC Proms. Carl's Symphony No. 2 is performed by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra conducted by Stuart Challender across the continental United States, while the West Australian Ballet Company premieres his 'Legend' choreographed as the dance work 'The Night of the Full Moon' by Jacqui Carroll.
1989 Guest Artist at EVOS Music (Perth), W.A.University and W.A.Academy for the Performing Arts. Awarded the Sounds Australian National Music Critics' Award for the Best Instrumental or Ensemble Work of 1988 ('Miniature IV'). Flederman closes down after their Federal funding is withdrawn.
1990 Symphony No. 3 premiered by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra under Stuart Challender at the 1990 Adelaide Festival of the Arts.
1991 The Queensland Ballet Company premieres 'The Tempest' choreographed by Jacqui Carroll.
1992-5 Deputy Chairman of the Australia Council.
1993 ABC Classics Records releases the premiere recording of Carl Vine's first Three Symphonies performed by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra conducted by the late Stuart Challender.
1994 Carl's first and second Symphonies choreographed by Glen Tetley for the Canadian National Ballet Company.
2000- Since November 2000, Carl has been the Artistic Director of Musica Viva Australia, the largest entrepreneur of chamber music in the world.
2006- As part of his duties as Artistic Director of Musica Viva Australia, Carl was appointed Artistic Director of the Huntington Estate Music Festival, one of Australia's most prestigious and successful annual chamber music festivals.
2014- Appointed Senior Lecturer in Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
ongoing Free-lance composer living in Sydney.

Awards & Prizes:

1970 Australian Society for Music Education Composers' Competition - First Prize (Under 18)
1972 Australian Music Examinations Board - A.Mus.A. (Associate in Music) with distinction - piano
1972 Perth Music Festival - Winner, Open Instrumental Solo Division (piano)
1974 Australian Broadcasting Commission Instrumental & Vocal Competition - W.A. State Division - piano
1976 Australia Council Appointee - Gulbenkian International Choreographic Summer School, Guildford, England
1983 Adams Award - Outstanding Contribution to Music for Dance in Australia
1989 Sounds Australian National Music Critics' Award - Best Instrumental or Ensemble Work, 'Miniature IV'
1990 John Bishop Commission - Symphony No 2 for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra
1993 Australian Guild of Screen Composers Award - Best Music for a Feature Film, Bedevil
1994 Australian Guild of Screen Composers Award - Best Theme for a Television Series, The Battlers
1994 Australian Guild of Screen Composers Award - Best Original Song, The Battlers - 'Love Me Sweet'
2000 Australian Commonwealth Government - Centenary Medal for Contribution to Australian Society
2002 APRA-AMC Classical Music Awards - Best Instrumental Work, Piano Sonata No 1
2005 APRA-AMC Classical Music Awards - Best Performance of an Australian Composition, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Steven Isserlis playing 'Cello Concerto'
2005 Australia Council for the Arts - Don Banks Award for Outstanding Contribution to Australian Music
2009 APRA-AMC Classical Music Awards - Best Performance of an Australian Composition, West Australian Symphony Orchestra playing 'Symphony No 7'
2010 University of Western Australia - Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music
2012 Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award for outstanding contribution to music in Australia
2012 Honorary Fellow of the Collegiate of Specialist Music Educators (for outstanding contribution to music education)
2014 Appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) by the Governor-General of Australia
2018 APRA-AMC Classical Music Awards - Award for Excellence by an Individual
2019 APRA-AMC Classical Music Awards - Orchestral Work of the Year: Implacable Gifts


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