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Richard Mills is deservedly one of Australia's most sought after composers and music directors. In recent years he has pursued a diverse career as a composer and a conductor, which has seen him working with a large number of the nation's music organisations.
Mills's works are regularly performed throughout the world. Compositions range from major orchestral and choral works to ballet music. Commissions for the Sydney Symphony include Tenebrae, Emblems, and Totemic Journeys. Requiem Diptych was commissioned and premiered by the Chicago Chamber Musicians Brass in 2001. His symphonic/choral work for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, The Little Mermaid, was premiered in August 2005.
Victorian State Opera commissioned Mills to write an opera of Ray Lawler's Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, which premiered in Melbourne in 1996, and received a Sydney season in 1999. His second opera, Batavia, was commissioned by Opera Australia and was premiered at the Melbourne Festival in 2001 to great acclaim, consequently receiving a number of Green Room and Helpmann Awards. He has been commissioned to write a new opera for the 2007 Perth International Festival with subsequent performances in Melbourne and Brisbane.
The performance of Wagner's Tristan und Isolde in Brisbane in 2005 with the Australian Youth Orchestra under his baton won a Helpmann Award in 2006, and he will conduct it again in staged performances in Perth later in 2006.
His CD recording Richard Mills Orchestral Works with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra has become a best seller on the ABC Classics label. His three volume CD of the film music of Franz Waxman with the same orchestra was awarded a Deutsche Schallplattern Kritiks Preis in 1992, and he has conducted recordings with the West Australian and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras.
Mills continues a high level of involvement in the community
through such commissions for the 1982 Commonwealth Games, the
2000 Olympic Games, the 2006 Commonwealth Games, and the
Australian Bicentenary re-orchestration of Charles Williams'
Majestic Fanfare (the ABC news theme).
In 2005 he was honoured with the Ian Potter Foundation Award for Established Composers. He was the 2008 Musica Viva Australia's featured composer.
Mills is currently the artistic director of Victorian Opera and in the past has been the Artistic Director of the West Australian Opera, Artistic Consultant with Orchestra Victoria, Director of the Australian Music Project for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and Senior Fellow, University of Melbourne.
Biography provided by the composer — current to May 2022
Awards & Prizes
|2005||Ian Potter Music Commission||Established Composer|
|2002||Classical Music Awards - Vocal or Choral Work of the Year||Winner||Batavia|
|2002||Helpmann Awards||Winner, Best New Australian Work||Batavia|
|1999||Order of Australia||Member of the Order||Service to music, particularly as a composer|
|1996||Don Banks Music Award||Recipient|
|1982||Albert H Maggs Composition Award||First Prize|
|Piano trio : Portraits & Memories||Commissioned by Dimity Reed for her husband’s 80th birthday celebrations|
||De caelo sonus (organ with full orchestra)||Commissioned by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.|
||Scared of the dark : soprano with ensemble||Commissioned by the Southern Cross Soloists for performance in their 'Words and Music' series|
||Symphony of nocturnes : full orchestra (2008)||Commissioned for the Australian Ballet's 'Interplay'|
||Four miniatures : trio (1992)||Commissioned by Verdehr Trio.|
|Voyages and visions (full orchestra with choir) (1987)||Commissioned by the A.B.C. for the Australian Bi-centenary|
Analysis & Media
- Article: Scored in black and white
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- Article: Mills and Boom