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Stuart Greenbaum, Australian composer (Image: Annabelle Farid)

This is a journey piece.

The Stuart Greenbaum sound has overt connections to jazz, pop and minimalism but is equally grounded in the Western art music tradition.

Having studied composition with Broadstock and Conyngham at the University of Melbourne, Greenbaum holds a position at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music as Professor and Head of Composition. He is the author of over 230 works including 24 sonatas, seven string quartets, five piano trios, seven concertos, five symphonies and two operas.

He was a Featured Composer at the 2006 Aurora Festival, resident composer at the 2009 Port Fairy Spring Music Festival and Composer in Focus at the 2009 Bangalow Music Festival. In 2009 he was Australia’s representative for the Trans-Tasman Composer Exchange, working in Auckland with NZTrio on a new piano trio, The Year Without a Summer, which toured nationally for Chamber Music New Zealand, in Sydney for the ISCM World New Music Days (2010) and internationally at the City of London Festival (2011).

He was Featured Composer with the Flinders Quartet in 2016 and Resident Composer with Melbourne Youth Orchestras in 2019. He was a Resident Fellow at the Akiyoshidai International Art Village in Japan in 2019 and a Composer in Residence at the Visby International Centre for Composers in Sweden in 2020.  

PROGRAM NOTE
STUART GREENBAUM (B. 1966)
THE WAY THROUGH

New CSO commission

This is a journey piece.

About travel. Maybe a long way or at night. Taken to an unfamiliar destination.

Perhaps alone.

And on some journeys we encounter obstacles; or a fork in the road.

The way through could literally involve a bridge or a tunnel or a change of platform at a train station – but is equally an allegory for how we navigate our daily lives.

This work was commissioned by the Canberra Symphony Orchestra for their Chamber Classics series and premiered by Emma Sholl with the CSO Chamber Ensemble at Albert Hall, Yarralumla, Canberra on 13 February 2022.

© Stuart Greenbaum, 2021

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