congratulates Artistic Director Carl Vine
, recipient of the 2012 Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award. The award is made annually to a person who has made ‘an outstanding contribution to music in Australia,’ in honour of Sir Bernard Heinze, one of the major pioneers of orchestral musical life in Australia and Professor of Music at the University of Melbourne for 31 years. Previous recipients of the prestigious award include Maestro Richard Bonynge, pianist Stephen McIntyre, singer Yvonne Kenny, composer Peter Sculthorpe, conductor John Hopkins, horn player Barry Tuckwell, violinist Richard Tognetti, conductor and composer Brett Dean, conductor Simone Young and music educator Sir Frank Callaway.
The award, which is presented annually by the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and the Friends of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, was presented to Carl on 18 February at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, as part of the MSO’s concert series. Professor Gary McPherson, Director of the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, said Mr Vine constantly pushed the boundaries of contemporary classical music.