Doctorate of Philosophy, La Trobe University
Masters of Arts (Research), La Trobe University
Bachelor of Arts (Honors), La Trobe University
Joseph Giovinazzo is a Melbourne composer and graduate student at
La Trobe University, Melbourne, where he has recently completed his Doctorate of Philosophy in
the areas of musical composition and orchestration analysis, focusing
on the works of Igor Stravinsky. He is a founding member and current
president of the Melbourne Composers League, after
having served as secretary for a number of years. In 1995 Joseph
hosted and co-produced New Music Now, a series of programmes
for community television concentrating on a number of contemporary
Melbourne composers. In 1996/97 he assisted in establishing MikroPolyphonie,
a Web/internet journal dealing with contemporary music. He continues
to explore a diverse range of musical and artistic interests through
Acts of Expression, an artistic production unit, and is also
the conductor and musical director of The Lips of Reason,
a music and dance troupe centred on conventional performance but
drawing on mixed media, technology, and theatre.
composition studies began with Dr Tony Gould, with whom he studied
modern harmony and composition, emphasising jazz styles and the
practices of early Twentieth Century composers. Subsequently, he
studied composition with a number of composers, some of whom include
Dr Theodore Dollarhide, Dr Stan Link, and Dr Jeff Pressing.
performances of his music were as a participant in the 1988 and
1989 'Astra Young Composers Project', with the performances of When
I Watch the Living Meet (1988) and Excerpts from W.H. Audens'
'The Shield of Archilles' (1989), both of which were conducted
by Professor Keith Humble. In 1991, his composition The Calm
was premiered by the American pianist Christopher Allen at the 'Festival
of New Music from Australia and New Zealand' in San Diego, USA,
hosted by the San Diego State University. In 1992 his Into the
Valley of Tears was premiered by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra,
conducted by Jorge Mester. More recently, his Nen Dance,
was performed at the '2000 International Contemporary Music Festival'
in Romania, and his Ma-ai was performed by the Black String
Quartet at the '2000 Mosaics' series.
Samuel Adler, the distinguished American composer and professor
of composition at the Julliard School of Music, New York, says,
of Joseph, that he 'exemplifies a person of great taste, and one
with the ability to write a work worthy of performance. I believe
Mr Giovinazzo is a fine composer with a bright future in the world