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date: 07 December 2019

Hollier, Donald Russelllocked

  • Warren A. Bebbington
  • , revised by Larry Sitsky

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(b Sydney, May 7, 1934). Australian composer and conductor. After studies at the NSW State Conservatorium in piano (with Lawrence Godfrey-Smith) and organ, he won the prize for outstanding student on graduation in 1955. Winning a scholarship, he attended the RAM (1959) and the University of London (1959–61 and 1964) and then returned to Australia as director of music at Newington College, Sydney, 1962–3. In 1973 he won a Churchill Fellowship for further study, and he took the University of London DMus the following year. He was head of academic studies at the Canberra School of Music (1967–84) and musical director of the Canberra Choral Society and Canberra Opera, and composer-in-residence with the Tasmanian SO, 1990–91. Soon after, Hollier made a decision to distance himself from Australian musical life, and went to live abroad, in Greece and Wales for an extended time, only returning to Australia in the 2000s. He currently lives in New South Wales....

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