Jazz pianist, composer and conductor Professor Paul Grabowsky has been awarded the Order of Australia (AO) for “distinguished service to music as a performer, composer, educator and mentor and through significant contributions to the arts as an administrator”.
Paul Grabowsky is one of Australia’s best known jazz musicians.
Professor Grabowsky was the founder and founding artistic director for the Australian Art Orchestra. He composed the music for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and he was the musical director of the 2000 Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony.
‘Count’ Paul Grabowsky was also the musical director for Tonight Live With Steve Vizard. Paul was also the Chairman, Music Board, Australia Council 1994-1995.
The Order of Australia is award to Paul Grabowsky in recognition of:
Best Australian Jazz Composition of the Year, Australian Jazz Bell Awards, 2007; Australian Jazz Artist of the Year, 2006.
Melbourne Prize for Music, Melbourne Prize Trust, 2007.
Best Jazz Album, Before Time Could Change Us, Australian Recording Industry Awards, 2004; Best Australian Jazz Release, When Words Fail, 1996; Best Jazz Album, Six By Three, 1990; Best Jazz Album, Soundtrack, 1988.
Excellence in Film and Theatrical Score, Deadly Awards, Ruby’s Story, 2004.
Sydney Myer Performing Artist of the Year, 2002.
Best Original Score, The Theft of Sita, Helpmann Awards, 2001.
Award for Phoenix, Australasian Performing Right Association Awards, 1993; Most Performed Australasian Jazz Work, Disappearing Shoreline, 1989.
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