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Composer  Joseph Giovinazzo 


Photograph by Marcus Thomson

Joseph Giovinazzo is an Australian composer, with performances in Australia, America, and Europe. He is active in the promotion of contemporary Australian art music. He is a founding member, inaugural secretary, and past president of the Melbourne Composers’ League. He hosted and co-produced New Music Now, a series of programmes for community television focusing on a range of contemporary Melbourne composers. He helped create and establish MikroPolyphonie, an Internet journal dealing with contemporary music.

His composition studies began with Dr Tony Gould, with whom he studied modern harmony and composition, emphasizing jazz styles and the practices of early Twentieth Century composers. He is a graduate of the Music Department at La Trobe University, Melbourne (at the time, Australia’s leading institution for the study of musical composition and contemporary music), completing his Doctorate of Philosophy in the areas of music composition, analysis and theory. He has taught music for Monash University, Latrobe University, and The University of New England, and is a co-recipient of two Australia Council grants and an Arts Victoria grant.

Professor Samuel Adler, the distinguished American composer and music educator (Julliard School of Music, Eastman School of Music), has said of Joseph, that he "exemplifies a person of great taste, and one with the ability to write a work worthy of performance. I believe he is a fine composer with a bright future in the world of composition".

Drawing on the classical aesthetic of clarity, directness of communication, and balance in proportion, his current music may be regarded as expressing an eclectic classicism, typical of a multifarious world. Of his work, he says: "As a composer, my aspiration is a music that speaks to the common humanity residing in all of us; a music that is intimate in its touch, but universal in its communication.”