Carl Vine AO has been appointed Patron of drumming ensemble Taikoz and of percussion ensemble Synergy.
Carl Vine is one of Australia’s best known and frequently composers. He is also Artistic Director of Musica Viva, The Huntington Music Festival and a Senior Lecturer in Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He has enjoyed a long-standing relationship of almost 30 years with both ensembles. Carl Vine’s association with Synergy goes back to 1987 when he composed his first work for them, entitled Defying Gravity, followed in 1995 by Percussion Symphony,which was premiered by Synergy and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edo de Wart at the Sydney Opera House and later recorded for ABC Classics.
Both Taikoz and Synergy are leaders in their fields and anticipate greater support in, and advocacy for, their artistic development, both here in Australia and on the national and international stage with the appointment of Mr Vine as their Patron.
Carl Vine came to know Taikoz in the 2000’s after he became the Artistic Director of Musica Viva Australia and programmed the ensemble as part of their International Concert Series.
Carl Vine’s compositions include a substantial orchestral catalogue of seven symphonies and ten concertos, works for solo piano and for chamber ensemble, alongside various works for film, television, dance and theatre. Although primarily a composer of modern art music, he has undertaken many diverse tasks like arranging the Australian National Anthem and writing music for the Closing Ceremony of the 1996 Altanta Olympic Games. In his role as Artistic Director of Musica Viva Australia, Carl is also Artistic Director of the Huntington Estate Music Festival.