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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 albums 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.

Reproducible portrait photos are available on the graphic resources page.


News
The Royal Melbourne Philharmonic will perform Carl's Choral Symphony with the Melbourne University Choral Society and the National Boys Choir of Australia at Melbourne Town Hall on Sunday 19 May. The program features Carl Orff's classic Carmina Burana with a stellar lineup of vocal soloists conducted by Andrew Wailes. Carl has arranged his guitar quintet, Endless, for string orchestra accompaniment. The new arrangement will be premiered by Camerata Queensland and Karin Schaupp in Brisbane and Toowoomba (Queensland) on 22 & 24 May, 2024.
The Queensland Youth Symphony conducted by Simon Hewett is performing Carl's Third Symphony at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre on 25 May at 7pm. This Modern Masterpieces program includes Paul Dean's Second Symphony. The Goldner String Quartet will perform Carl's Third String Quartet at the Melbourne Recital Centre on 31 October. This is the group's last concert ever as they farewell the concert stage after 30 years of magnificent music making. The program includes Beethoven's op. 132 and Peteris Vask's String Quartet No 6.
At the Winchester Chamber Music Festival on 4th May the festival's artistic director, cellist Kate Gould, performed Carl's Inner World accompanied by the Festival String Orchestra directed by David Adams. This was the Festival's Gala Concert at the Theatre Royal Winchester. On 13 March 2024 the Goldner String Quartet performed Carl's String Quartet No 5 in a concert of Australian music from the start of the century. The program included music by Nigel Westlake, Ross Edwards and Elena Kats-Chernin. Adelaide University, Elder Hall, 12.30pm.
Carl's new saxophone quartet, Sawtooth, was commissioned by Nexas Quartet with the generous support of Carmen Jarrett and Kathie & Reg Grinberg. It was premiered by Nexas in November 2023 at ACO Pier 2/3 in Walsh Bay, Sydney. The Nexas Quartet continued its advocacy of Carl's Sawtooth quartet at the Orange Chamber Music Festival on 10 March 2024 at the wonderful Tonic restaurant in Millthorpe, western New South Wales.
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
Andrey Gugnin, winner of the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition performed Carl's 2nd Piano Sonata in November 2023 at the Melbourne Recital Centre and Sydney City Recital Hall, and again at the Brucknerhaus in Linz (Austria) on 13 December. The Melbourne Chamber Orchestra performed Carl's solo cantata Poets & Fighters with Award-winning baritone Stephen Marsh on a regional tour to Moorabbin, Merimbula and Mallacoota in October and November 2023.
Carl's most recent work for solo piano, Gothic Fantasy, was premiered by Janice Carissa at a Gilmore Rising Star concert in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in September 2023. The work was commissioned by Janice as her prize for the 2022 Gilmore Young Artist Award. Carl's guitar quintet Endless celebrates the life of architect and dedicated environmentalist Jennifer Bates. The world premiere was presented in February and March 2023 by Karin Schaupp and the Flinders Quartet on an Australian national concert tour presented by Musica Viva.
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. 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 second piano concerto was performed by the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra at Cadogan Hall in London in November 2022. 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 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. Carl's 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 in August 2022 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 in July 2022.
In July 2022 the Klavierduo Hayashizaki Hagemann presented a concert of new music for piano four hands titled Zweisamkeit (togetherness) at the Reutlingen Art Museum. It featured 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. 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.
also see: Archive Highlights


Apple Music
Much of Carl's music is available on Apple Music although Apple is poor at identifying works by composer, even on its specialist Music Classical app. A more comprehensives list of his music on Apple: here.
Music Streaming
Other streaming services carry a range of recordings of Carl's music, but rarely provide access to music identified by composer instead of by performer.
YouTube
The most useful collection of YouTube links is this curated list.
Spotify
Spotify is worse than Apple at identifying music by composer, but a limited listing of Carl's music on Spotify can be found here.
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.


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