Brett Dean
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Biography

Brett Dean was a permanent member of the viola section of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra from 1985 until 1999, when he returned to live and work as a composer in his native Australia. Born in 1961, he studied in Brisbane and ...

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Brett Dean was a permanent member of the viola section of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra from 1985 until 1999, when he returned to live and work as a composer in his native Australia.

Born in 1961, he studied in Brisbane and graduated as Student of the Year from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in 1982. For four seasons he occupied the principal's chair of the Queensland and Australian Youth Orchestras, and made many solo appearances as a viola-player around the Asian side of the Pacific Rim - among them, the Chinese premiere of Walton's Viola Concerto in Beijing.

Dean's composing career began in the late 1980s. His first opportunities arose in Australia, where he wrote and improvised scores for the ABC and independent film-makers. Soon he was receiving commissions from Youth Music Australia and for the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, including Ariel's Music (1995) for clarinet and orchestra. By 1996 he was being asked to compose for members and sections of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and since Twelve Angry Men has also produced Three Pieces for the eight horns. More widely in Europe, he has written for both the pianist Imogen Cooper and the Netherlands Dance Theatre

(a score for Jiri Kylian's 1998 three-act ballet One of a Kind), and also created Hundreds and Thousands, a sound installation for Berlin's celebrations of the turn of the millennium.

Carlo (1997), scored for strings, sampler and tape and integrating extracts from a madrigal by Carlo Gesualdo, has been taken up by both the London Sinfonietta and the Berlin Philharmonic (under Sir Simon Rattle) since its premiere by the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Drama and virtuosity are the prime characteristics of Dean's concise but steadily growing catalogue. At the same time he has continued his solo appearances as a viola-player, particularly on the European contemporary music circuit, where he has given more than 50 premieres, while his recordings range from viola concertos by Hindemith and Benjamin Frankel to string quintets by Bruckner and Brahms with the Brandis Quartet.

He received the 1999 International Rostrum of Composers Award, and his 25-minute orchestral work Beggars and Angels was premiered by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra under Markus Stenz in November before being taken on a European tour at the start of 2000. Game Over, a work written jointly for the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Bang-on-a-Can All-Stars, was played at the Sydney Opera House as part of the city's Olympic Festival in 2000, while Winter Songs, a cycle for the tenor Philip Langridge with the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, was premiered in 2001.



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Brett Dean, Håkan Hardenberger, Jukka-Pekka Saraste & BBC Symphony Orchestra
Dramatis Personae
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Dramatis Personae Dramatis Personae Dramatis Personae Dramatis Personae
Brett Dean
The Last Days of Socrates
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The Last Days of Socrates The Last Days of Socrates The Last Days of Socrates The Last Days of Socrates
Brett Dean, John Tomlinson, The BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra & John Storgårds
The last days of Socrates (excerpts)
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The last days of Socrates (excerpts) The last days of Socrates (excerpts) The last days of Socrates (excerpts) The last days of Socrates (excerpts)
BBC Philharmonic, Brett Dean & Clark Rundell
Testament
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Testament Testament Testament Testament
Brett Dean (BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo)
Electric Preludes
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Electric Preludes Electric Preludes Electric Preludes Electric Preludes
Brett Dean, Jackie Shave, Brett Dean, Caroline Dearnley, Allison Bell & Miranda Dale
String Quartet No.2
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String Quartet No.2 String Quartet No.2 String Quartet No.2 String Quartet No.2
Escher Quartet & Brett Dean
Eclipse
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Eclipse Eclipse Eclipse Eclipse
Mate Bekavac, Max Bruch, Brett Dean & Dénes Várjon
8 Pieces for clarinet, viola (cello) & piano (harp) (Op.83)
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8 Pieces for clarinet, viola (cello) & piano (harp) (Op.83) 8 Pieces for clarinet, viola (cello) & piano (harp) (Op.83) 8 Pieces for clarinet, viola (cello) & piano (harp) (Op.83) 8 Pieces for clarinet, viola (cello) & piano (harp) (Op.83)

8 Pieces for clarinet, viola (cello) & piano (harp) (Op.83)

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Mate Bekavac, Max Bruch, Brett Dean & Dénes Várjon
Mate Bekavac, Robert Schumann, Brett Dean & Dénes Várjon
Marchenerzahlungen for clarinet (or violin), viola and piano (Op.132)
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Marchenerzahlungen for clarinet (or violin), viola and piano (Op.132) Marchenerzahlungen for clarinet (or violin), viola and piano (Op.132) Marchenerzahlungen for clarinet (or violin), viola and piano (Op.132) Marchenerzahlungen for clarinet (or violin), viola and piano (Op.132)

Marchenerzahlungen for clarinet (or violin), viola and piano (Op.132)

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Mate Bekavac, Robert Schumann, Brett Dean & Dénes Várjon
Brett Dean & BBC Symphony Orchestra
Testament (feat. BBC Symphony Orchestra)
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Testament (feat. BBC Symphony Orchestra) Testament (feat. BBC Symphony Orchestra) Testament (feat. BBC Symphony Orchestra) Testament (feat. BBC Symphony Orchestra)
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Carlo for strings and sampler
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Carlo for strings and sampler Carlo for strings and sampler Carlo for strings and sampler Carlo for strings and sampler
Brett Dean
Huntington Eulogy (2001)for cello and piano
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Huntington Eulogy (2001)for cello and piano Huntington Eulogy (2001)for cello and piano Huntington Eulogy (2001)for cello and piano Huntington Eulogy (2001)for cello and piano
Brett Dean
Voice of Angels
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Voice of Angels Voice of Angels Voice of Angels Voice of Angels
Brett Dean
Eclipse for string quartet
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Eclipse for string quartet Eclipse for string quartet Eclipse for string quartet Eclipse for string quartet
Brett Dean
Wolf-Lieder Song Cycle
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Wolf-Lieder Song Cycle Wolf-Lieder Song Cycle Wolf-Lieder Song Cycle Wolf-Lieder Song Cycle
Brett Dean
Recollections
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Recollections Recollections Recollections Recollections
Brett Dean
Viola Concerto: 2nd movt – Pursuit
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Viola Concerto: 2nd movt – Pursuit Viola Concerto: 2nd movt – Pursuit Viola Concerto: 2nd movt – Pursuit Viola Concerto: 2nd movt – Pursuit
Brett Dean
Bliss: Act 1 Sc 2 "Limbo" : "Harry's Vision"
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Bliss: Act 1 Sc 2 "Limbo" : "Harry's Vision" Bliss: Act 1 Sc 2 "Limbo" : "Harry's Vision" Bliss: Act 1 Sc 2 "Limbo" : "Harry's Vision" Bliss: Act 1 Sc 2 "Limbo" : "Harry's Vision"
Brett Dean
Moments of Bliss – 3rd Movement: Knocking at the Hellgate (opening)
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Moments of Bliss – 3rd Movement: Knocking at the Hellgate (opening) Moments of Bliss – 3rd Movement: Knocking at the Hellgate (opening) Moments of Bliss – 3rd Movement: Knocking at the Hellgate (opening) Moments of Bliss – 3rd Movement: Knocking at the Hellgate (opening)
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