Brisbane-born Brett Dean (born 1961) trained as a violist and was a permanent member of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra for more than 15 years. He began composing in 1988 and has become not only one of Australia’s leading composers but a composer of international stature having won the Grawemeyer Award (which has been dubbed the Nobel Prize of music) in 2009 for his violin concerto The Lost Art of Letter Writing. He has received commissions from the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC Proms, Lucerne Festival, Stockholm Philharmonic, Cologne Philharmonie, BBC Symphony and the Tasmanian, Sydney and Melbourne symphony orchestras. His opera Bliss, based on the novel by Peter Carey, was premièred in Sydney by Opera Australia in 2010 and subsequently staged at the Edinburgh Festival. In 2009 the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra released Testament, a CD of music by Brett Dean conducted by Sebastian Lang-Lessing, as part of its Australian Music Series on ABC Classics.

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