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David Hirschfelder


David Hirschfelder was raised in the country township of Ballarat, about 110 kilometres northwest of Melbourne Australia. After graduating from Ballarat Grammar School in 1976, he studied music at The University of Melbourne. Making waves as a young keyboard prodigy in the late 70s, David formed the legendary improvising art-music ensemble “Pyramid”, and was inevitably called abroad to perform his compositions at the 1983 Montreux Jazz Festival. From the mid-80s to early-90s, Hirschfelder became the musical brain behind many of Australia’s landmark concert events and recordings, including John Farnham’s 1988 “Classic Jack” Tour, featuring the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and Harry M. Miller’s record-breaking “Jesus Christ Superstar” Arena Spectacular in 1992. Also in that same year, David’s first film-score for Baz Luhrmann’s “Strictly Ballroom” won a BAFTA (British Academy) award. In 1996 David received an Oscar nomination, an AFI and an APRA award for his “Shine” score; and in 1998 a further Oscar nomination, as well as BAFTA and APRA awards for “Elizabeth”. David’s recent film-scores include Jonathan Teplitzky’s "The Railway Man", which won AACTA and APRA film score awards in 2014; Russell Crowe's "The Water Diviner", which won the 2014 FCCA Regal Cinema Award for Best Music Score, and also APRA Soundtrack of the Year Award; and in 2015, David received an AACTA nomination for his eclectic score to Jocelyn Moorhouse’s "The Dressmaker”. Other works include “Eternity” for orchestra, choir and 1000 tap-dancers (commissioned for the Opening Ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games), “Mixed Doubles” for string quartet (2004 Adelaide Arts Festival), “Branches of Vayu” for trombone, two pianos and percussion (2011 MSO Chamber Series), and “To a Child” for soprano and string quartet, recorded and released in 2016 by Katie Noonan and The Brodsky Quartet.

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