Mark Viggiani Biography
Mark Viggiani has been active as a composer, guitarist and teacher since the early 1990s. Amongst numerous awards and prizes most recently Viggiani won the 2014 Melbourne Conservatory of Music / Melbourne Recital Centre award, for which the work Cleopatra was commissioned for Ensemble Liaison and Greta Bradman; and the 2012 Zavod Classical/Jazz Fusion Composition Award for John the Revelator. This work was composed for and premiered by the Mons Kinky Pinky Orchestra at the 2011 Ars Musica Festival in Mons, Belgium.
Recognised as a more than capable classical guitarist himself, Viggiani has created a large body of guitar music ranging from solos to mixed ensemble pieces. He released a CD of original compositions The Rainmaker (Move Records, 1997) to international critical acclaim, and has performed at festivals including the Darwin International Guitar Festival, Brunswick Music Festival and the Sydney Guitar Festival. Black Cat Tango, in its various forms, has received much radio play in Australia and Europe. It has been arranged for Amsterdam-based guitar duo Z.O.O. Duo, who recorded the work on A Sympathetic Resonance in 1998.
In 2013 Viggiani completed a Ph.D in Music Composition with at the University of Melbourne, during which time he received the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA, 2009-12). During his candidature he also undertook studies in Torino with Giulio Castagnoli More recently, he completed a residency at the Atlantic Centre for the Arts in Florida with composer Martin Bresnick.
In 2015 Viggiani completed his first music theatre work Seven Deadly Sins, in conjunction with Opera Victoria. Other recent commissions include a new work for the Song Company’s 2015 Michael Leunig program and One Last Tango, performed by Orchestra Victoria under Richard Mills.
In addition to his activities as a performer composer, Viggiani has also gained a wealth of experience teaching in a variety of different settings. Most recently, he tutored and lectured at the University of Melbourne and ran workshops in music theory, performance and composition subjects from 2008-14. He has also taught instrumental music in high schools, primary schools and in his home studio since the early 1990s and continues to do so.
“…an outstanding new talent whose ability to play the guitar is more than equaled by his ability to write challenging and original music”- (Paul Fowles, Classical Guitar).