Australia’s finest musical minds tell us what they think makes our top 10 truly great.

Béla Bartók once said “Competitions are for horses, not artists”. Ranking Australia’s composers according to greatness might seem trivial, even controversial, and Limelightdoes not pretend to claim jurisdiction over who should or should not be considered ‘great’. Nonetheless, such a list serves a purpose: it highlights those individuals in the forefront of the nation’s musical psyche and reflects on what does make a great composer great.

In compiling the list, Limelight consulted a panel of industry professionals before asking the public’s opinion via the website. The two votes were weighed 50-50, resulting in this democratically derived list of the Greatest Australian Composers.

10. Liza Lim

Liza Lim’s compositions are marked by visceral energy and vibrant colour, often exploring ritual forms and performance aesthetics from Asian and Australian Aboriginal cultural sources. Liza has received major commissions from the Holland Festival, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Festival d’Automne à Paris, and has been closely associated with Ensemble ELISION for over 20 years.

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