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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 (born 7 May 1958 in Sydney) is an Australian composer. He studied music at the University of Sydney, graduating in 1980. His compositions include original music for various plays, ...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 (born 19 May 1962) is a creative producer, musician and media artist working within community and cultural development fields in Australia and the Asia Pacific ...more
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Andrew Hansen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
Andrew Hansen age 44
Andrew John Hansen (born 18 September 1974) is an Australian comedian, musician and author, best known for being a member of satirical team The Chaser. As a member of The Chaser, Hansen's ...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 (Sydney, 18 September 1893 – London, 10 April 1960) was an Australian composer, pianist, conductor and teacher. He is best known as the composer of Jamaican Rumba (1938), ...more

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Ben Frost is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
age 39
Ben Frost (born 1980) is an Australian composer and producer. He is based in Reykjavík, Iceland. Frost composes minimalist, instrumental and experimental music, with influences ranging ...more
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Bernard Curry is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
age 44
Bernard Curry (born 27 March 1974) is a Sydney-based Australian actor, best known for his role in soap operas as Luke Handley in Neighbours and Hugo Austin in Home and Away.
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Blair Joscelyne is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
age 40
Blair Lyndon Joscelyne (also known as Moog) is an Australian composer, musician, producer, and film maker, best known for composing music for television, film and Mighty Car Mods.
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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, (born 19 July 1947) is an English musician, singer, songwriter and astrophysicist. He is the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen. His songs include "We Will Rock ...more

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Bruce Smeaton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
age 80
Bruce Smeaton (born 5 March 1938) is an Australian composer who is well known for a variety of Australian film and television scores in all genres, including features, shorts, television, ...more
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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 (13 January 1938 – 13 March 2015), known as Daevid Allen, sometimes credited as Divided Alien, was an Australian poet, guitarist, singer, composer and performance artist. ...more
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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 (2 November 1947 – 31 January 1988) was an Australian composer and music critic, who became a prominent artist in the avant-garde genre after his best-known work, Ned Kelly ...more
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David Hirschfelder is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
age 58
David Hirschfelder (born 18 November 1960, Ballarat, Victoria) is an Australian musician, film score composer and performer. As a musician he has been a member of Little River Band and John ...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 (25 October 1923 – 5 September 1980) was an Australian composer of concert, jazz, and commercial music.
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Douglas Knehans is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
Douglas Knehans age 62
Douglas Knehans (born 1957, St. Louis, Missouri) is an Australian/American composer. He is the Norman Dinerstein Professor of Composition Scholar at the University of Cincinnati ...more
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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 (born 4 November 1957) is an Australian pianist and 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, known professionally as Fiona Joy, is an Australian vocalist and pianist.
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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 (7 September 1914 – 13 June 2012) was an Australian Dixieland and classical jazz pianist, composer and band leader. According to The Age, his "band's music was ...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 (born April 1949, in Graz, Austria) is an Australian bass player and guitarist, best known for his work with Matt Finish, Kevin Borich, Renée Geyer, Australian Crawl, Leo ...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