Paul Grabowsky was born in Lae, New Guinea in 1958 and grew up in Melbourne. He metriculated, dux of the state of Victoria and graduated from the UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE in 1979. From 1981 he studied at the JULLIARD SCHOOL in New York, lived in Munich a further six years and taught jazz in St. Gallen, Switzerland. He has become one of Australia’s most sought-after composers of fine music and for feature film and television and enjoys an international reputation, through his solo work, his performing with his various ensembles and through his founding of the renowned, AUSTRALIAN ART ORCHESTRA, as a jazz pianist and band leader.
Grabowsky has been engaged as the Artistic Director of two of Australia’s most prestigious international arts festivals, firstly by the QUEENSLAND MUSIC FESTIVAL from 2007, and most recently by the ADELAIDE FESTIVAL for its biennial programs in 2010 and 2012.
His enormously successful programs in Adelaide included, in 2010, a production of Ligeti’s LA GRAND MACABRE and performances by the LONDON SINFONIETTA, the WAYNE SHORTER JAZZ QUARTET, the JI XING DANCE THEATRE, by the BORODIN STRING QUARTET, and the MONTALVO-HERVIEU DANCE COMPANY.
In 2012 he brought Ennio Morricone for concerts with the ADELAIDE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, ODEON-THEATRE DE L’OPERA’s production of A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, the LIVERPOOL EVERYMAN production of THE CARETAKER, THE HILLIARD ENSEMBLE, THE GALILEO PROJECT, THE FREIBURG BAROQUE ORCHESTRA, Garry Stewart’s PROXIMITY, LES BALLETS C DE LA B from Belgium and jazz great, Miles Davis.
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