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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 59 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 55 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 43 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 37 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
Died 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 38 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 39 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 45 Brian Cachia is a composer.

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Brian May is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
age 70 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 26 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 80 Christopher David Allen, better known as Daevid Allen, sometimes credited as Divided Alien, was an Australian poet, guitarist, singer, composer and performance artist. He was co-founder of ...more

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David Ahern is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
David Ahern Died 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 57 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 Died 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 61 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 60 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 54 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
Died 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 79 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 50 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

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Ilan Kidron is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
Ilan Kidron age 41 Ilan Kidron, also known as iKid, is an Australian singer, song-writer and music producer who lives between Paris, Los Angeles and Sydney. Kidron is the lead singer of Irish-Australian ...more

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J.G. Thirlwell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
J.G. Thirlwell age 58 James George Thirlwell – also known as Clint Ruin, Frank Want, Foetus among other names – is an Australian singer, composer, and record producer. Because of his musical diversity he is known for ...more

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James Morrison is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
age 55 James Lloyd Morrison AM is a multi-instrumental Australian jazz musician. Widely known for his trumpet playing – he has also performed on soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones, clarinet, ...more

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John Williams is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
age 76 John Christopher Williams is an Australian-born British classical guitarist renowned for his ensemble playing as well as his interpretation and promotion of the modern classical guitar ...more

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John Prior is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
age 57 John David Prior is an Australian musician, composer and producer recognized for his work with Matt Finish, Adrian Belew, Mick Taylor, Roy Buchanan, Champion Jack Dupree, New Theatre, Coca-Cola, ...more

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Judith Clingan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
Judith Clingan age 73 Judith Clingan AM is an Australian composer, conductor, performer and music educator. Since 1997, she has been the Director of Wayfarers Australia Australia Wide Choir.

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Judith Durham is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
age 74 Judith Mavis Durham AO is an Australian singer and musician who became the lead vocalist for the Australian popular folk music group The Seekers in 1963. The group subsequently became the first ...more

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Julian Knowles is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
age 52 Julian Knowles is an Australian composer and performer, specialising in new and emerging technologies. His creative work spans the fields of composition for theatre, dance, film and television, ...more

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Kraig Grady is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
age 66 Kraig Grady is a US-Australian composer/sound artist. He has composed and performed with an ensemble of microtonal instruments of his own design and also worked as a shadow puppeteer, tuning ...more

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Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
age 49 Kylie Ann Minogue, OBE, often known simply as Kylie, is an Australian singer, songwriter, and actress. She achieved recognition by starring in the Australia TV soap opera Neighbours, where she ...more

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Kym Purling is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
age 45 Kym Purling is an Australian pianist, composer and conductor, who was found abandoned at 2–3 days of age during the Vietnam War. After spending the first several months of his life in two ...more

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Lee Kernaghan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
age 51 Lee Kernaghan OAM is an Australian country music singer and songwriter. He was the 2008 Australian of the Year.

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Lisa Gerrard is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
age 56 Lisa Gerrard is an Australian musician, singer and composer who rose to prominence as part of the music group Dead Can Dance with music partner Brendan Perry. Since her career began in 1981, ...more

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Liza Lim is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
Liza Lim age 51 Liza Lim is an Australian composer. Lim writes concert music as well as music theatre and has collaborated with artists on a number of installation and video projects. Her work reflects her ...more

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Mark Atkins is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
age 61 Mark Atkins is an Australian Aboriginal musician known for his skill on the didgeridoo, a traditional instrument. Mark Atkins is also a storyteller, songwriter, composer and painter. He descends ...more

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Matthew Dewey is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
age 33 Matthew Ingvald Dewey is an Australian classical music composer, singer, and music producer.

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Michael Yezerski is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
Michael Yezerski is a film score composer.

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Myroslav Skoryk is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
age 79 M. Skorik is a compser.

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Nick Cave is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
age 60 Nicholas Edward "Nick" Cave is an Australian musician, songwriter, author, screenwriter, composer and occasional film actor. He is best known as the frontman of Nick Cave and the Bad ...more

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Nigel Westlake is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
Nigel Westlake age 59 Nigel Westlake is an Australian composer, performer and conductor.

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Paul Charlier is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
Paul Charlier is an Australian composer and sound designer who works primarily in theatre and film. He has also worked in radio and was a founding member of the Sydney post-punk band SoliPsiK. ...more

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Paul Colman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
age 50 Paul Colman, is a British–Australian pop-rock guitarist, vocalist, pianist, and composer. Colman was born and brought up in London; his father is Australian and his mother is British. When he ...more

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Percy Grainger is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
Died at 79 (1882-1961) Percy Aldridge Grainger was an Australian-born composer, arranger and pianist. In the course of a long and innovative career he played a prominent role in the revival of interest in British folk ...more

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Peter Sculthorpe is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
Died at 85 (1929-2014) Peter Joshua Sculthorpe AO OBE was an Australian composer. Much of his music resulted from an interest in the music of Australia's neighbours as well as from the impulse to bring together ...more

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Richard Mills is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Composers from Australia
age 68 Richard John Mills AM, DMus BA Qld, is an Australian conductor and composer. He is currently the Artistic Director of Victorian Opera, and formerly Artistic Director of the West Australian Opera ...more