Biography of

Carl Vine

8 oct 1954 (Perth) -
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Carl Vine (born 8 October 1954) is a prominent Australian classical composer.



Carl Vine was born in Perth, Western Australia. He studied Physics, then Composition at the University of Western Australia, before moving to Sydney in 1975, where he worked as a freelance pianist and composer with a variety of theatre and dance companies, and ensembles.

Vine first came to prominence in Australia as a composer of music for dance, with 25 dance scores to his credit. His catalogue includes seven symphonies, seven concertos, music for film, television and theatre, electronic music and numerous chamber works. Although primarily a composer of modern 'classical' music he has undertaken tasks as diverse as arranging the Australian National Anthem and writing music for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics closing ceremony 'Sydney 2000' presentation.

Since 2000, Vine has been the Artistic Director of Musica Viva Australia, the world's largest entrepreneur of chamber music. In 2005, he was awarded the Don Banks Music Award, the highest accolade the Australia Council for the Arts can confer on a musician.

Vine is now based in Sydney, where he works as a freelance composer. Since 2006, he has also been the Artistic Director of the Huntington Estate Music Festival.

Works (a selection)


  • Symphony No. 1 'MicroSymphony' (1986)
  • Symphony No. 2 (1988)
  • Symphony No. 3 (1990)
  • Symphony No. 4 'Symphony No. 4.2' (1992; revised 1998)
  • Symphony No. 5 "Percussion Symphony" (1995)
  • Symphony No. 6 'Choral Symphony' (1996)
  • Symphony No. 7 'Scenes from Daily Life' (2008)
  • Percussion Concerto (1987)
  • Concerto Grosso (violin, flute, oboe, horn and strings) (1989)
  • Gaijin (koto, strings) (1994)
  • Oboe Concerto (1996)
  • Piano Concerto (1997; commissioned by Sydney Symphony Orchestra)
  • Pipe Dreams (concerto for flute and strings) (2003)
  • Cello Concerto (2004)
  • Violin Concerto (premiére 2011)

Chamber Music

  • String Quartet No. 1 (KnipsSuite) (1979)
  • String Quartet No. 2 (1984)
  • String Quartet No. 3 (1994)
  • String Quartet No. 4 (2004)
  • String Quartet No. 5 (2007)
  • Miniature I 'Peace' (solo viola) (1973)
  • Miniature II (viola duet) (1974)
  • Miniature III (flute, trombone, piano, percussion) (1983)
  • Miniature IV (flute, clarinet, cello, violin, viola, cello, piano) (1988)
  • Sonata for flute and piano (1992)
  • Inner World (solo cello) (1994)


  • Piano Sonata No. 1 (1990)
  • Piano Sonata No. 2 (1997)
  • Piano Sonata No. 3 (2007)
  • Five Bagatelles (solo piano) (1994)
  • Rash (piano with CD) (1997)
  • Red Blues (solo piano) (1999)
  • Anne Landa Preludes, The (solo piano) (2006)
  • Sonata for Piano Four Hands (piano four hands) (2009)


  • 961 Ways to Nirvana (1977)
  • Incident at Bull Creek (1977)
  • Poppy (1978)
  • Everymans Troth (1978)
  • Scene Shift (1979)
  • Kisses Remembered (1979)
  • Knips Suite (1979)
  • Missing Film (1980)
  • Return (1980)
  • Donna Maria Blues (1981)
  • Colonial Sketches (1981)
  • Daisy Bates (1982)
  • Hate (1982)
  • A Christmas Carol (1983)
  • Prologue and Canzona (1986)
  • Legend (1988)
  • On The Edge (1989)
  • Piano Sonata (1990)
  • The Tempest (1991)
  • Beauty and The Beast (1993)
  • Mythologia (2000)


  • The Dreamers (play - 1975)
  • New Sky (mime by Judith Anderson - 1981)
  • Signal Driver (play by Patrick White - 1982)
  • Shepherd On The Rocks (play by Patrick White - 1987)
  • The Ham Funeral (play by Patrick White - 1989)
  • Night on Bald Mountain (play by Patrick White - 1996)
  • A Hard God (play by Peter Kenna - 1997)
  • The Master Builder (1991)

Film and television

  • The Dunstan Documentaries (TV) (1982)
  • You Can't Push the River (1993)
  • Bedevil (1993)
  • The Battlers (TV) (1994)
  • Urn (short film) (1995)
  • What Comes After Why? (short film) (1995)
  • White Fella's Dreaming (documentary) (1997)
  • Marriage Acts (TV) (2000)
  • The Potato Factory (TV) (2000)

Discography (partial)

  • Carl Vine: The Complete Symphonies, performed by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
  • Carl Vine - Chamber Music Volume 1
  • Carl Vine - Chamber Music Volume 2
  • Carl Vine: The Piano Music

Awards and Prizes

Year Awarding Body Award
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


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