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Christian O'Brien : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: Hollandia : flute and guitar duo by Christian O'Brien, from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 72.

Photo of Christian O'Brien

Photo: Tegan Crowley

Born in Melbourne and raised on Phillip Island, Christian O'Brien writes music that draws inspiration from often unlikely sources: from obscure moments in Australian history to issues of mental health and disability. Texturally and harmonically subtle, rhythmically inventive, Christian's music expresses the often overlooked. Dashes of riechesque minimalism fall within Christian's own pop influences to create thoroughly approachable musical textures.

Christian's works have been performed and recorded by leading musicians and ensembles in Australia and abroad, including workshops with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and commissions from Volume, Ensemble Three and Plexus Collective. As the guitarist and songwriter of the ARIA nominated art-pop band ALPINE, Christian regularly performs to thousands across the globe.

Christian gained his Bachelor's degree in classical guitar in 2005 from the Melba Conservatorium under Dr Ken Murray. He then completed his Master of Music degree in composition from the University of Melbourne in 2012 under the guidance of Dr Stuart Greenbaum, receiving first class honours for his Master's folio.

Christian is represented by the Australian Music Centre

Christian O'Brien — current to October 2020

Studied with

Stuart Greenbaum (2009 - 2011)


Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample PIT_T (trios: brass, string) Commissioned by Don Immel and Joel Brennan through the University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music 2013
Newid Gwyntoedd : 4 dances for violin, clarinet, piano and John Cage estate samples (2017) Commissioned by Plexus Ensemble.
Ddig Hapus : (Happy Angry), for guitar, trumpet and trombone (2016) Commissioned by Ensemble 3.
Hollandia : flute and guitar duo (2012) Commissioned by Dr Ken Murray and Laila Engle
Digital sheet music sample JFK-LAX : for solo violin (2009) Commissioned for the Volume concert series