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List of notable or famous composers from Australia, with bios and photos, including the top composers born in Australia and even some popular composers who immigrated to Australia. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Australian composers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These composers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known composer from Australia is included when available.

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Alan John is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
age 60
Alan John is an Australian composer. He studied music at the University of Sydney, graduating in 1980. His compositions include original music for various plays, films and TV series, and the ...more

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Andrew Garton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
age 56
Andrew Richard Matthew Garton is a creative producer, musician and media artist working within community and cultural development fields in Australia and the Asia Pacific region. He is the ...more

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Andrew Hansen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
age 44
Andrew John Hansen is an Australian comedian and musician, best known for being a member of satirical team The Chaser. As a member of The Chaser, Hansen's television work includes co-writing and ...more

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Anne Cawrse is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
Anne Cawrse age 38
Anne Cawrse is an Australian composer based in Adelaide, South Australia.

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Arthur Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
Dec. at 67 (1893-1960)
Arthur Leslie Benjamin was an Australian composer, pianist, conductor and teacher. He is best known as the composer of Jamaican Rumba, composed in 1938.

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Ben Frost is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
age 39
Ben Frost is an Australian composer and producer. He is based in Reykjavík, Iceland. Frost composes minimalist, instrumental and experimental music. His albums include: Steel Wound, ...more

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Bernard Curry is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
age 44
Bernard Curry is a Sydney-based Australian actor, best known for his role in soap operas Neighbours and Home and Away.

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Blair Joscelyne is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
age 40
Blair Joscelyne is a film composer.

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Brian Cachia is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
Brian Cachia age 46
Brian Cachia is a composer.

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Brian May is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
age 71
Brian Harold May, CBE is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and astrophysicist who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen. He uses a home-built electric ...more

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Bruce Smeaton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
age 80
Bruce Smeaton is a film score composer.

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Chris Frangou is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
age 27
Chris Frangou (born 3 May 1991 in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, Australia) is a songwriter, bass virtuoso, multi-instrumentalist and session musician best know for his work as the bass player for ...more

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Daevid Allen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
age 81
Christopher David Allen, better known as Daevid Allen, sometimes credited as Divided Alien, was an Australian poet, guitarist, singer, composer and performance artist.

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David Ahern is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
David Ahern Dec. at 41 (1947-1988)
David Anthony Ahern was an Australian composer and music critic, who became a prominent artist in the avant-garde genre after his best-known work, Ned Kelly Music was released and performed at ...more

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David Hirschfelder is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
age 58
David Hirschfelder is an Australian musician, film score composer and performer. As a musician he has been a member of Little River Band and John Farnham Band. He has composed film scores for ...more

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Dmitri Golovko is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
Dmitri Golovko
Dmitri Golovko is a film music contributor.

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Don Banks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
Don Banks Dec. at 57 (1923-1980)
Donald Oscar Banks was an Australian composer of concert, jazz, and commercial music. Banks was born in South Melbourne, and initially studied at the University of Melbourne under Waldemar ...more

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Douglas Knehans is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
Douglas Knehans age 62
Douglas Knehans is an Australian/American composer and academic. Between 2008 and 2010 he was Dean of the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.

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Elena Kats-Chernin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
Elena Kats-Chernin age 61
Elena Kats-Chernin is a film score composer.

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Fiona Joy Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
age 55
Fiona Joy Hawkins is an Australian composer, vocalist, and pianist, who uses the stage-name Fiona Joy. She was born in Cessnock, New South Wales, to a creative family, and trained as a classical ...more

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Graeme Bell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
Dec. at 98 (1914-2012)
Graeme Emerson Bell, AO, MBE was an Australian Dixieland and classical jazz pianist, composer and band leader. According to The Age, his "band's music was hailed for its distinctive ...more

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Graham Jenkin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
age 80
Graham Jenkin is an Australian poet, historian, composer, and educator. Graham Jenkin was born in Adelaide and educated at various country schools and at Prince Alfred College, Wattle Park ...more

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Guy Gross is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
Guy Gross is an Australian film and television composer. He is known most for writing the award winning music for the Australian science fiction series Farscape and the international hit film ...more

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Harry Brus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
age 69
Harry Brus is an Australian bass player and guitarist, best known for his work with Matt Finish, Kevin Borich, Renée Geyer, Australian Crawl, Leo Sayer, Marcia Hines, Jimmy Barnes, Ross ...more

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Ian Cresswell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
age 51
Ian Cresswell is an Australian composer born in 1968. He obtained Bachelor of Music at the Australian National University in 1996 and Master of Music at the University of Queensland in 2002. ...more