Famous Australian Composers

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 1 Tash Sultana

Tash Sultana
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: June 18, 1995
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Tash Sultana soared to fame with her phenomenally successful single Jungle, which was first posted on YouTube and went viral on social media, gaining a million views in 5 days. The non-binary Australian singer uses the pronoun “they.” She also made it to the 2019 Forbes 30 under 30 list.

 2 Jimmy Barnes

Jimmy Barnes
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Famous As: Singer, Composer, Songwriter
Birthdate: April 28, 1956
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Glasgow

 3 Alice Englert

Alice Englert
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 15, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
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 4 Tal Wilkenfeld

Tal Wilkenfeld
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: December 2, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Tal Wilkenfeld is an Australian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She developed an early interest in music and graduated from Los Angeles Music Academy College of Music. She is the bandleader of her own bands and has also performed in collaboration with artists including Jeff Beck, Herbie Hancock, Prince, and Mick Jagger. She is a regular practitioner of meditation. 

 5 Lisa Gerrard

Lisa Gerrard
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Famous As: Most prolifically using the yangqin
Birthdate: April 12, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

 6 Molly Meldrum

Molly Meldrum
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Famous As: Music critic, Record producer, Composer
Birthdate: January 29, 1943
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Orbost

 7 Alison Wonderland

Alison Wonderland
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Famous As: Record producer
Birthdate: September 27, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
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 8 Phillip Wilcher

Phillip Wilcher
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Famous As: Composer, Pianist
Birthdate: March 16, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Camperdown

Phillip Wilcher is a pianist and composer. He is credited with co-founding the popular children's music group, The Wiggles. Wilcher achieved popularity early in his life as he released his first classical composition at the age of 14, becoming one of the youngest Australian classical composers. Over the course of his career, Wilcher has released more than 100 piano-related works.

 9 Kate Miller-Heidke

Kate Miller-Heidke
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Birthdate: November 16, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gladstone Central, Australia

Award-winning Australian singer Kate MillerÔÇÉHeidke specializes in both contemporary pop and classical music. Apart from releasing multi-platinum hits such as Last Day on Earth, she has also composed the opera Rabbits and performed at various international music festivals. Her album O Vertigo! became the fastest crowdfunded project on Pledge.

 10 Rebecca St. James

Rebecca St. James
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Actress
Birthdate: July 26, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

 11 Yahoo Serious

Yahoo Serious
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Famous As: Actor, Film producer, Film director, Screenwriter, Composer
Birthdate: July 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cardiff

 12 Robert Stigwood

Robert Stigwood
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Famous As: Businessperson, Record producer, Film producer, Manager, Composer
Birthdate: April 16, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Adelaide
Died: January 4, 2016

 13 Percy Grainger

Percy Grainger
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Famous As: Composer - Revived Interest in British Folk Music
Birthdate: July 8, 1882
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brighton, Australia
Died: February 20, 1961

Born to an English father in Australia, Percy Grainger was raised by his mother after their parents’ split. Mostly homeschooled after being bullied by his batchmates, he developed a love for music and debuted as a pianist at 10. He revived English folk music and set up the Grainger Museum.

 14 John Williams

John Williams
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Famous As: Guitarist, arranger and composer
Birthdate: April 24, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

 15 Andrew Farriss

Andrew Farriss
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Famous As: Composer, Guitarist, Pianist
Birthdate: March 27, 1959
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Perth

The cofounder of the Australia’s iconic rock band, INXS, Andrew Farriss also serves as its main songwriter, keyboardist, guitarist, and backing vocalist. Opening his first band, Doctor Dolphin, while in high school, he later joined The Farriss Brothers before cofounding The Vegetables, which later became INXS. Winner of many awards, he released his debut album at the age of 62.

 16 Rowland S. Howard

Rowland S. Howard
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Famous As: Musician, songwriter
Birthdate: October 24, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died: December 30, 2009

Rowland S. Howard began his career playing the guitar and writing songs as a teenager. A significant name in the rock, punk, and post-punk scene, he later gained fame with the band The Birthday Party. He was working on the album Pop Crimes when he lost his battle with liver cancer.

 17 Mick Harvey

Mick Harvey
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Famous As: Guitarist, Singer, Composer, Record producer
Birthdate: August 29, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rochester

Mick Harvey is an Australian singer-songwriter, musician, composer, and arranger. He often collaborates with his longtime friend and fellow musician Nick Cave, with whom he formed the bands The Boys Next Door and The Birthday Party. He also has a successful solo career. He is the recipient of numerous accolades, including many ARIA Awards.

 18 Nick Littlemore

Nick Littlemore
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Famous As: Singer, Record producer, Musician, Composer
Birthdate: May 6, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sydney

 19 S3RL

S3RL
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Famous As: Disc jockey, Record producer, Composer
Birthdate: December 17, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brisbane

 20 John Farrar

John Farrar
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Famous As: Musician, Composer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Record producer
Birthdate: November 8, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Melbourne
Australian music producer, John Farrar, was a former member of several rock and roll groups including The Mustangs and  The Strangers. As a songwriter and producer, he wrote number-one hit singles like Have You Never Been Mellow, You're the One That I Want. Farrar also produced the hit single, I Honestly Love You, which won a Grammy Award in 1975.

 21 Archie Roach

Archie Roach
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Famous As: Composer, Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: January 8, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mooroopna

 22 Bruce Woodley

Bruce Woodley
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Famous As: Singer, Composer, Songwriter
Birthdate: July 25, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Melbourne

 23 Craig Nicholls

Craig Nicholls
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Famous As: Singer, Composer, Painter, Guitarist, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 31, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sydney

Best known as lead singer and solo continues member of the Australian alternative rock band The Vines, Craig Nicholls developed an early interest in music. He opened his band, then called Rishikesh, in 1994. Later he changed the name to Vines and as it started playing gigs he began writing songs for it, also painting covers for several of its album.

 24 James Morrison

James Morrison
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Famous As: Jazz musician
Birthdate: November 11, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Boorowa, Australia

 25 Conway Savage

Conway Savage
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 27, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Victoria, Australia
Died: September 2, 2018

 26 Peter Sculthorpe

Peter Sculthorpe
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: April 29, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Launceston, Australia
Died: August 8, 2014

 27 Samuel Dixon

Samuel Dixon
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Famous As: Songwriter, Record producer
Birthdate: October 6, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra

 28 Malcolm Williamson

Malcolm Williamson
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: November 21, 1931
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Died: March 2, 2003

 29 Graeme Bell

Graeme Bell
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: September 7, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Richmond, Australia
Died: June 13, 2012

Graeme Bell was an Australian classical jazz pianist, band leader, and composer. Bell is credited with popularizing jazz in Australia by bringing many American performers like Rex Stewart to Australia. In 1997, Graeme Bell was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame at the 11th Annual Australian Recording Industry Association Music Awards.

 30 Edward Jeffries

Edward Jeffries
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Famous As: Actor, Director, Musician
Birthdate: August 1, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Adelaide, South Australia

 31 Bernie McGann

Bernie McGann
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Famous As: Saxophone Player
Birthdate: June 22, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Granville, Australia
Died: September 17, 2013

Bernie McGann was an Australian musician and alto saxophone player. McGann, who led the famous Bernie McGann Quartet and Trio, was also active as a composer, recording artist, and performer till the end of his life. Between 1993 and 2001, he was honored with four ARIA Music Awards. In 2008, McGann was inducted into the Graeme Bell Hall of Fame.