Paul Grabowsky + Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and Performance
- Live at The Count's
- The Count’s
The Ian Potter Centre for Performing Arts
$10 - $25
Monash Performing Arts Centre’s Executive Director, Paul Grabowsky, joins forces with Sir Zelman Cowen Jazz School students, following a collaborative album recorded earlier in 2023 at the School.
Professor Paul Grabowsky AO, is a pianist, composer, arranger, conductor – and one of Australia’s most distinguished and influential artists. He has established a reputation as one of Australia’s leading jazz musicians, and has performed with many jazz luminaries including Chet Baker, Art Farmer and Johnny Griffin.
Hugely influential across the Australian entertainment and music landscape, Grawbowsky was Musical director of Tonight Live with Steve Vizard (1990-1992) and Commissioning Editor for ABC Television Arts and Entertainment (1996-1998). He is the Founding Artistic Director of the Australian Art Orchestra, which he led from 1994-2013, and is a regular contributor and composer for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra season, recently as Musical Director for One Song: The Music as Archie Roach.
He has written the scores for over twenty feature film scores in Australia, the UK and US. His works for theatre include four operas and various multimedia works, and his input on the Australian contemporary music scene includes long-time collaborations with artists such as Paul Kelly, Ngaiire, Katie Noonan and Archie Roach.
He has won eight ARIA awards, two Helpmann awards, several APRA and Bell Awards and a Deadly award. He was the Sydney Myer Performing Artist of the Year in 2000, and received the Melbourne Prize for Music in 2007. He was the 2010 Australian National University H.C.Coombs Fellow. He was Artistic Director of the Queensland Music Festival from 2005-2007 and was Artistic Director of the Adelaide Festival of Arts for 2010 and 2012.
He is currently a Professor at Monash University, and Executive Director of the Monash University Performing Arts Centres. In 2014 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for services to music and arts administration.
This performance will feature Paul’s original compositions and extends from a recent recording that will be released in 2024 as part of the Monash Sessions series. Activities such as these enable students the privilege and rare opportunity to rehearse, perform and record the compositions alongside the composers. This unique student experience is a key pedagogical approach within the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and Performance, with established artists mentoring the emerging generation of jazz musicians.