PETER SCULTHORPE (1929 - 2014)
Born in Launceston, Tasmania, in 1929, Peter Sculthorpe was educated at Launceston
Church Grammar School, the University of Melbourne and Wadham College, Oxford.
He has also taught at various music institutions and universities throughout the
world, and he holds honorary doctorates from Tasmania, Melbourne, Sussex and Griffith.
An Officer of both the Order of Australia and the British Empire, in 1988 he was
elected one of Australia's Living National Treasures. Peter Sculthorpe has written
works in most musical forms and his output relates easily to the unique social
climate and physical characteristics of Australia. The geographical position of
Australia has caused him to be influenced by much of the music of Asia, especially
that of Japan and Indonesia.