Raffaele Marcellino

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Marcellino, Oxford 2016

Raffaele Marcellino (born 1964) is an Australian composer.


Raffaele Marcellino graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with merit in 1985. His teachers included Richard Vella, Richard Toop, Gillian Whitehead, Martin Wesley-Smith and Božidar Kos [sl].

In 1995 Marcellino joined the staff of the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music where he served as Director during 1996–98 and resumed teaching duties in 1999. In 1999 Arts Tasmania funded the Mountain Orchestra Project, a community arts project with Marcellino was composer and music director and Strato Anagnostis, instrument maker and performer. The Mountain Orchestra was made up of community members who constructed instruments from found objects and other materials and then performed newly composed in a concert on Mt Wellington in Hobart. During his time in Tasmania also served on the Board of the Inaugural 10 Days on the Island Festival and Zootango.

At the end of 2001 he left the University of Tasmania and returned to Sydney to pursue a freelance career and sessional teaching at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. In 2003 Marcellino was Composer-in-Residence with eminent Australian vocal ensemble the Song Company, who had previously commissioned several pieces from him. This residency culminated in the choral cycle The O Antiphons and released on CD, widely performed and broadcast.

From 2003 until 2009 Marcellino was the Principal of the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney. In 2010 he became Foundation Dean of the Australian College of the Arts Collarts[1] in Melbourne. After establishing Collarts as a degree granting institution he was appointed Dean of Macleay College[2] in Sydney in 2011. In 2013 he was appointed Director of Academic and Student Services for SAE Australia. In 2015 Raffaele was appointed Chief Academic Officer for SAE Global based in Oxford, United Kingdom. In 2017 Raffaele returned to Sydney to take up the role of Provost for the Navitas Careers and Industry Division. Recent creative collaborations have included prominent Australian artists including Greg White (composer), Robert Jarman (actor and theatre maker), Anna Messariti (producer and theatre maker), The Song Company, Sirens Ensemble, Tom O'Kelly (percussionist), Michael Bates (filmmaker) and Jordie Albiston (poet).













  • Mrs Macquarie's Cello – a music theatre work for The Song Company.



  • Ein Psalm Davids – SATB choir and solo violin, performed by the Sydney Philharmonia Motet Choir and Rachel Beesley as part of the Immortal Bach series at the Eugene Goosens Hall, ABC Centre Ultimo.


  • Dinner Fanfare – brass ensemble performed by the Sydney Youth Orchestra Brass at the Sydney Children's Hospital 2007 Gold Dinner Charity Event.
  • Remembrance of Things Past – solo viola and chamber orchestra performed by Marina Phillips and the Sydney Youth Orchestra Brass at the Australian Institute of Music.
  • Going Postal – trumpet and percussion commissioned by Tom O'Kelly.


  • Hekuba's Lament – voice and chamber ensemble commissioned by Much Ado Productions.
  • War is not the Season for Figs – voice, accordion and cello commissioned and broadcast on ABC Radio National on its Poetica program featuring the poetry of Linda Cvetkovic.


  • A Strange Kind of Paradise performed by Sirens Ensemble recording released as Waves III

Marcellino's music has been published by Reed Music, Currency Press, Opus House Press, Red House Editions, Grevillea Press and ABC Classics.


  • Music Fellowship awarded by the Music Board of the Australia Council (April 2003)
  • Paul Lowin Song Cycle Prize (1999), First Prize for Canticle
  • Paul Lowin Song Cycle Prize (1997), Highly Commended for FishTale


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