Stephen Cronin



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Stephen Cronin was born in Brisbane, Australia. He studied composition and piano at the University of Queensland and was awarded the Master of Music degree in composition and subsequently a Doctor of Philosophy in Composition from that institution. During 1985-86 he studied at the University of London and on his return to Australia was appointed to the staff of the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.

Stephen's works have been performed and commissioned by leading Australian and overseas groups including various orchestras, Duo Contemporain, Octomania, The Seymour Group, Synergy and The Song Company. Many of his vocal works are settings of text written by New York artist Leon Waller.

Awards he has received include a Rotary Foundation scholarship, the Percy Brier Memorial Prize for Music Composition, the Dalley-Scarlett Memorial Scholarship, the inaugural Paul Lowin Song Cycle Award, the A. H. Maggs commission, a Vienna Modern Masters recording project and an Australia Council Composer Fellowship.

Recordings of Stephen's music appear on Globe, Tall Poppies, Z.o.o, ABC Classics, Divine Art, Sunset Music, VoxAustralis, Innaminka, Anthology of Australian Music, Vienna Modern Masters and other independent releases.

As a teacher Stephen believes in exposing students to a broad variety of styles and genres. His composition teaching focuses on the establishment of a solid compositional craft based on strong aural and theoretical foundations. Various projects at QCGU have supported these aims such as The Rag Project and the Composers in Schools Project which have resulted in publication of compact discs of new music by young composers.

Recent works - selected works

an opera in one act
(first performances September 2014)
Tickets from Conevents


Three Antiques
for woodwind quartet
(first performance by Lunaire Ensemble October 2013)

The Simplest Things in Life
for two obliging trumpeters
and an orchestra of friends

for erhu and audio track
(first performance by Nicholas Ng in September 2012)

Crystal Brook
for five violoncellos

Our Road (from byrnestown)
for voice and piano
ISMN: 9790720036403

Black Slender Boy (from byrnestown excerpt)
YouTube clip with Adele Nisbet and Stephen Cronin

from byrnestown trailer
YouTube clip advertising a Q150 event

for brass band
Queensland Conservatorium Brass Band cond. Greg Aitkin rehearsal:

Magic Fire Music (YouTube clip)

music for calming and healing
for cello and piano ISMN: M-720036-199
YouTube clip with cellist Louise King
Available compact disc or iTunes download

This page was last updated November 2015 Author:Stephen Cronin