Carl Vine

born in 1954 in Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Carl Vine

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Carl Vine (born 8 October 1954) is an Australian composer of contemporary classical music.


Vine was born in Perth, Western Australia. When he was ten years old, he took up the piano. A teenage fascination with the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen inspired a period of Modernism, which he explored until the mid-1980's.[1] He studied physics, then composition at the School of Music, 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. In 1979 he co-founded the contemporary music ensemble "Flederman", which presented many of Vine's own works. From 1980 to 1982 he lectured in electronic music composition at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in Brisbane.

His catalogue includes seven symphonies, nine 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. Since 2006, he has also been the Artistic Director of the Huntington Estate Music Festival.

In 2012, his second piano concerto was premiered by Piers Lane and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra,[1] and the Australian Chamber Orchestra with soprano Danielle de Niese premiered his solo cantata, The Tree of Man, after the 1955 novel by Patrick White.[2]

Vine is now based in Sydney, where he works as a freelance composer.



  • 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, pre-recorded electronics) (1994)
  • Oboe Concerto (1996)
  • Piano Concerto No. 1 (1997; commissioned by Sydney Symphony Orchestra)
  • Pipe Dreams (concerto for flute and strings) (2003)
  • Cello Concerto (2004)
  • Violin Concerto (2011)
  • Piano Concerto No. 2 (2012)
  • The Tree of Man (2012) (cantata for soprano and string orchestra)
  • Gravity Road (2014) (a tone poem)

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)
  • String Quintet (2009)
  • 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 with pre-recorded electronics) (1994)
  • Fantasia for piano quintet (2013)[3]


  • Piano Sonata No. 1 (1990)
  • Five Bagatelles (solo piano) (1994)
  • Piano Sonata No. 2 (1997)
  • Rash (piano with CD) (1997)
  • Red Blues (solo piano) (1999)
  • The Anne Landa Preludes (solo piano) (2006)
  • Piano Sonata No. 3 (2007)
  • Sonata for Piano Four Hands (2009)
  • Toccatissimo (2011)


  • 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 (play by Ibsen 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
2012 Melbourne University and Friends of Melbourne Symphony Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award for outstanding contribution to music in Australia
2012 Collegiate of Specialist Music Educators Honorary Fellow, for outstanding contribution to music education


  1. 1.0 1.1 Goldsworthy, Anna (November 2011). "Right Composition". The Monthly (73): 6061.
  2. The Tree of man, Carl Vine, January 2013
  3. Fantasia, Carl Vine, January 2013

External links

  • Official Carl Vine website
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