Brett Dean

Brett Dean, composer/violist (Berlin, Germany and Melbourne, Australia), studied in Brisbane before moving to Germany in 1984, where he was a permanent member of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra for 15 years. Dean returned to Australia in 2000 to concentrate on his growing compositional activities, and his works now attract considerable attention, championed by conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Markus Stenz, and Daniel Harding. He has received commissions from the Berlin Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic, among other leading orchestras, and in 2009 he won the prestigious Grawemeyer Award for his violin concerto The Lost Art of Letter Writing. Recent premieres have included his first full-length opera Bliss in a highly-acclaimed production by Opera Australia in Sydney, Melbourne, and at the Edinburgh Festival, and in a new production at the Hamburg Opera, and his String Quintet Epitaphs at the Cheltenham Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla SummerFest, and the Cologne Philharmonie. Brett combines his composing activities with a rich musical life performing internationally as viola soloist, chamber musician, and conductor with the world’s leading orchestras. (Past Yellow Barn Composer-in-Residence, 2012)