Michael Dooley

Michael Dooley


Michael Dooley is an Australian composer and pianist.

Michael studied classical composition and piano at Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 1979-1980, including studying with leading Australian composer Ross Edwards. He received an advanced diploma in Music Performance from Canberra Institute of Technology in 2014, which included a high distinction in composition.  Michael also holds an AMus in classical piano.

I have had several decades of experience as a humanitarian volunteer and musician in South East Asia and the Middle East. I am currently a professional composer, pianist, and piano and composition teacher.

I have produced 3 Cds of original jazz music and 2 CDs of original classical piano music.  In July 2017 concert pianist Andrew Rumsey performed music from one of these at a concert at Carnegie Hall in the U.S.

Andrew also premiered a new work for solo piano called “Australian Landscape Sketches” in a special concert at the Australian Embassy in Washington D.C. in September 2017 with the Australian Ambassador to the United States in attendance.

Also in 2017 leading Australian soprano Louise Page premiered my song cycle “Divine Nature” at her yearly Artsong recital.

In December 2017, Irish Soprano Carmel Conway premiered a newly commissioned song cycle based on the poems of Keats, entitled “Truth and Beauty” at a private concert in Canberra.

In May 2018 the elite Melbourne based trio Ensemble Liaison gave the world premiere of a new work entitled “Epiphany” for clarinet, piano and cello, at the Melbourne Recital Centre. This work has now been recorded and will be released on the ABC classics label.

Also recently completed is a commission from the Canberra Wind Symphony entitled “Winds of Hope”. which received  its world premiere in Canberra on November 10th 2018.

A new CD of original music called “Wings of the Morning” for piano and strings, performed by myself and a string quartet comprised of members of the Canberra Symphony orchestra was released at a concert in Canberra on November 18th 2018.

A newly commissioned work for 2 violins called “The Heavens Declare” was premiered at the Canberra International Music festival in May 2019 by members of the leading French quartet Quator voce.

My first piano concerto was premiered in Canberra by the National Capital Orchestra, with concert pianist Andrew Rumsey in June 2019, to critical acclaim.

A new classical choral work for choir, ensemble and 4 soloists entitled “Perpetua” will be premiered at a concert in November 2019 by the Llewellyn choir under the direction of Rowan Harvey Martin, with soprano Emma Griffiths in the title role, also featuring Dan Walker, Veronica Thwaites-Brown and Andrew Fysh.

A new choral work entitled “Unto the King”, featuring 12 songs in a gospel music style will be premiered by the “Rhythm Syndicate” jazz choir in a concert in November 2019.

I received a nomination in the category of “Best score for Children’s Television” for the animated film “Joseph” in the 2016 APRA/AMCOS screen music awards.

In 2018-2019 I composed the score for the animated feature “The Pilgrims Progress”. Which was released in 850 theatres in the U.S.A. and many more worldwide.

How will your Philanthropy help?

Michael’s day-to-day work sees him as a composer, performer and teacher in Canberra, ACT. His upcoming project is a large-scale performance of new work in a collaboration with The Llewellyn Choir in November 2019.

Your philanthropy will assist Michael in:

  • Engaging professional musicians to perform his new works
  • Venue hire
  • Promotion costs
  • Insurance costs
  • Printing expenses

How will Philanthropists benefit?

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