Brett Dean

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Birthday
23, 1961
Birthplace
Australia
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
23, 1961 (age 56)
Birthplace
Australia

About

Known for such award-winning classical compositions as Ariel's Music (a concerto), Winter Songs (a vocal and wind quartet work), and Moments of Bliss (an orchestral piece), this Australian composer headed Melbourne's Australian National Academy of Music and also played viola in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Before Fame

As a child, he studied violin and viola at the Queensland Conservatorium. He went on to win a 1981 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Award.

Trivia

Several of his compositions, including Water Music, Devotions, and Vexations, address such contemporary themes as environmental awareness and the effects of information technology upon society.

Family Life

He was born and raised in Brisbane, Australia. His younger brother, Paul Dean, had a career as a clarinetist.

Associated With

He composed an opera, Bliss, based on Peter Carey's novel of the same title.