The Viennese born composer, Eric Gross (1926–2011), was a cultured and well
travelled man. He emigrated to England in 1938, and enjoyed a
performing career as a pianist, teacher and composer in Scotland,
Ceylon and New Caledonia before settling in Sydney.
He received commissions for a number of film scores while a member of staff at the
University of Sydney, and was active as a conductor of the Pro Musica
Society and St. Andrew’s Cathedral Choral Society.
Gross was known to choose texts to make a pointed philosphical or
political statement, and his music reflects his cosmopolitan life with
styles encompassing jazz, Austrian, Scottish, Asian and South American
influences. In 1998, he was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia
in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Performances by CAM:
3rd April 2022: ‘ Rondino Pastorale’ (UK premiere)