Barry Conyngham A.M
Dean, Faculty of VCA and MCM
Australian composer Professor Barry Conyngham MA (Hons) Syd, DMUS Melb. studied with Peter Sculthorpe and with Toru Takemitsu. He is Emeritus Professor from both the University of Wollongong and Southern Cross University , the later where he was Foundation Vice –Chancellor (1994-2000). He is also the first musician to hold the Chair of Australian Studies at Harvard University (2000-2001). He has been a Churchill, Harkness and Fulbright Fellowship holder. In 1997 he became a Member of the Order of Australia.
With premieres and performances of his works in Japan, North and South America, Europe, the UK and Australia, Conyngham is one of Australian international composers. He has over seventy published works and over thirty recordings including those by the London, New Zealand, Sydney and Melbourne Symphony Orchestras.
Recent premieres include the orchestral work Cala Tuent (2008) in Spain, Australia and Hong Kong, and the double bass concerto Kangaroo Island (2009) in the United States. 2011 will see premieres of Fallingwater for two bassoons and orchestra,Showboat Kalang for the Australia Ensemble and Gardener of Tiime a new work for the Melbourne Symphony.
He has been involved with a number of arts organisations including, the Australia Council (Chair of Music Board), Opera Australia (Deputy Chair), the World Music Council, NORPA (treasurer) and the Australian Music Centre (Chair).
In early February 2011 he commenced his appointment as Dean of the Faculty of VCA and MCM at the University of Melbourne.