Following studies in Australia, Brett Dean travelled to Germany in 1985 and became a member of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra as viola player * In addition to orchestral career gave performances as soloist including numerous first performances * In 1988 began composing, initially as an arranger Worked in improvisation for radio and film projects in Australia Became established as a composer in his own right through worldwide performances of the ballet One of a Kind (Nederlands Dans Theater, choreographer Jiri Kylian) and by the clarinet concerto Ariel’s Music, which won an award from the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers * Paintings from his partner Heather Betts have initiated numerous compositions Since 2000 has lived in Australia and Berlin as freelance composer Leading interpreters of Dean’s music include Sir Simon Rattle, Markus Stenz, Simone Young, Frank Peter Zimmermann and Daniel Harding
Works by Brett Dean include:
Carlo (1997) for strings, sampler and tape
Beggars and Angels (1999) for large orchestra
The Lost Art of Letter Writing (2006) for violin and orchestra
Hamlet (2013–16) opera in two acts
Looking Ahead: Ongoing residency with London Philharmonic Orchestra includes premiere of new Notturno inquieto (Revisitato) conducted by Vladimir Jurowski (8 Dec), Viola Concerto with Lawrence Power conducted by Hannu Lintu (9 Feb 2022) and UK premiere of Cello Concerto with Alban Gerhardt conducted by Edward Gardner (27 Apr); new environmentally themed work, In This Brief Moment, for Orchestre National de Lyon (12 Feb); first US staging of opera Hamlet at the Metropolitan Opera in New York (opens 13 May).
"...a voice of fertile imagination, originality and expressive subtlety." — Chicago Tribune