Arranger, Conductor

Richard Mills has pursued a diverse career as a composer, conductor and artistic director which has seen him working with almost all of the nation’s music organisations. Currently Artistic Director of Victorian Opera, he has been Artistic Director of the West Australian Opera and Director of the Australian Music Program for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. He has received Helpmann Awards for his work as a composer (Batavia) and conductor (Tristan und Isolde and The Love of the Nightingale). Other awards include the Sir Bernard Heinze Award, Don Banks Fellowship and the Ian Potter Foundation Award for Established Composers. He was Musica Viva’s Composer of the Year in 2008. In 2009 he conducted the world première of his Passion According to St Mark with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and TSO Chorus, and in 2010 his song cycle Songlines of the Heart’s Desire received its European première at the Edinburgh Festival. Many of his works have been recorded and released on ABC Classics and other labels, and he has made a significant contribution as a composer and conductor of recordings in the TSO’s Australian Music Series, including Concertos for Strings (featuring his own music), Quamby (Peter Sculthorpe) and Etruscan Concerto (Peggy Glanville-Hicks). He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1999.