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Mark Viggiani





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Mark Viggiani has been active as a composer and classical guitarist since the early 1990s. Amongst numerous awards and prizes most recently Viggiani won the 2012 Zavod Classical/Jazz Fusion Composition Award, and received the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) from 2009-12. He was also a winner of the Intermediate division in the 2010 International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition for the piano work Black Rook Prelude, and his organ work Lindeman Variations was awarded a prize in the 2008 Victorian Society of Organists New Music Awards.

One of his most recent commissions is John the Revelator, composed for and premiered by the Mons Kinky Pinky Orchestra at the 2011 Ars Musica Festival in Belgium. Other important recent works include One Last Tango, performed by Orchestra Victoria conducted by Richard Mills; Lomax Sketches for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra; Some Common Prayers, composed for the Song Company to texts by Michael Leunig and Aus Der Munitionsfabriken, which was premiered by Speak Percussion at the 2007 Big West Festival. Other ensembles for whom Viggiani has composed include Syzygy, the Defence Forces School of Music, the Ku-Ring Gai Philharmonic Orchestra and the Zoe Black-Dan MacKay duo.  

Viggiani is a distinguished and capable guitarist, and his continued interest in the instrument has led to the creation a large body of music including solos, didactic works and mixed ensemble pieces. Black Cat Tango, in its various forms, has received much radio play in Australia and Europe. It has been arranged for Amsterdam-based guitar duo Z.O.O. Duo, who recorded the work on A Sympathetic Resonance. He has also enjoyed success as a performer in his own right, releasing a CD of original compositions The Rainmaker on Move Records to international critical acclaim. Additionally he performed original works including the sextet Show at the 2002 Darwin International Guitar Festival; and at the 2002 Brunswick Music Festival presented a program of original guitar solo works and duos with Anthony Field.

In 2013 Viggiani completed a PhD in Music Composition with Elliott Gyger at the University of Melbourne, where he also studied with Mark Pollard and Stuart Greenbaum. During his candidature he undertook studies in Torino with Giulio Castagnoli and attended masterclasses at the Venice Biennale. He currently lectures and tutors in music theory, composition and orchestration at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium and  teaches classical guitar.













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