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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.

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The Nexas Quartet continues its advocacy of Carl's saxophone quartet Sawtooth at the Orange Chamber Music Festival in a sumptuous concert of food and wine on 10th March 2024 at the wonderful Tonic restaurant in Millthorpe, western New South Wales. Andrey Gugnin, winner of the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition, performed Carl's 2nd piano sonata in early November at the Melbourne Recital Centre and at Sydney City Recital Hall. He plays it again at the Brucknerhaus in Linz (Austria) on 13 December.
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 on 10 November at ACO Pier 2/3 in Walsh Bay, Sydney. 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.
Carl's most recent work for solo piano, Gothic Fantasy, was premiered by Janice Carissa at a Gilmore Rising Star concert in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on September 10. 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.
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.
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 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. 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.
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.
also see: Archive Highlights

Apple Music
Much of Carl's music is available on Apple Music although Apple is largely incapable of identifying works by composer accurately, even on its specialist Music Classical app. Here is a more comprehensives list of Carl's music available for streaming or purchase through Apple Music.
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.
The most useful collection of YouTube links is this curated list.
Spotify is no better 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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