Thomas Reiner is an award-winning composer with prizes in the International Witold Lutoslawski Composers’ Competition and the International Boswil Composers’ Competition. Locally, he received the Dorian Le Gallienne Award for Composition and the Albert H. Maggs Composition Award. His prolific compositional output consists of solo pieces, chamber works, orchestral compositions, works for music theatre, vocal works, concept pieces, electro-acoustic and electronic works. His music has been performed, broadcast and recorded in many countries and by some of the leading exponents of contemporary music. Most of his works are published with the Australian Music Centre.In 1996 he was awarded the Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne for his research into the semiotic nature of musical time. The New York publisher Peter Lang published his book Semiotics of Musical Time in 2000. He has written the entries on techno music, DJ culture, and dance parties for the Currency Companion to Music and Dance in Australia. In 2003, Move Records released Hard Chamber, a compilation of his chamber music (MD 3280), which was launched at the Monash University Centre in Prato by the Italian trio Altrove 1.3. Also in 2003 Thomas was invited to become the Australian representative of the French Association Des Amis De Claude Delvincourt. He is a Senior Lecturer at Monash University in Melbourne, where he coordinates music composition and where he has designed a PhD program in research-based composition. Thomas is the founder and artistic director of the Melbourne-based contemporary music ensemble re-sound, which over the years has made a substantial contribution to the presentation and promotion of Australian work.
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