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Dr Michael Barkl

BMus (Syd Cons), MMus (UNE), PhD (Deakin), DCA (Wollongong), DipEd (Syd), FTCL, AMusTCL

Examiner Number: 46

Michael studied composition and double bass at the Sydney Conservatorium. He subsequently studied at New England, Sydney, Deakin and Wollongong universities, graduating with doctorates in musicology and composition.

As a performer, he played the Sydney rock venues from the Stage Door Tavern to the Bondi Lifesaver in the late 1970s before becoming a freelance bass and guitar player, including working with such diverse jazz artists as George Golla, Roger Frampton, and Mickey "T-Bone" Tucker. In the 1990s he performed Sri Lankan music on sitar for various Sri Lankan national celebrations in Canberra and toured with a popular Sri Lankan group.

Michael’s compositions include cabaret music and musicals as well as concert music for orchestra, chamber ensemble and solo instruments. His commissioned chamber works have been performed in Australia by ensembles such as Synergy, Elision, the Seymour Group and by the Ensemble InterContemporain in Paris. Orchestral works have been performed by the Adelaide, Tasmanian and Western Australian Symphony orchestras; solo piano works have been performed by Sally Mays and Michael Kieran Harvey.

As a musicologist Michael has published analyses in Australian journals and contributed articles to the Oxford Companion to Australian Music, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, and the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. He has also published six books on subjects related to composition, analysis and jazz.

Michael was a pioneer of contemporary music education in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector and has been head of the music department at the Illawarra Institute since 1987.

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