Georges Lentz

Georges Lentz

Born in Luxembourg in 1965, Georges Lentz studied violin and music theory at the Luxembourg Conservatoire, with Pierre Amoyal at the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique, and with Jens Ellermann at the Hannover Musikhochschule, where he completed his postgraduate studies in 1990, having played the Khatchaturian Violin Concerto as a soloist with the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra. He has been a member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra since 1991. In Sydney, he has been a member of the Hazelwood Quartet and the contemporary music group Sydney Alpha Ensemble.

Through a number of high-profile international performances and CD releases, Georges Lentz has also established himself in recent years as one of Australia's leading composers, with performances in several European countries, as well as in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and China. Since 1989, he has been working on a cycle of works called Caeli enarrant… ('The Heavens are telling…' - Psalm XIX). His music is concerned with astronomy, and a love of the Australian landscape and Aboriginal art, and reflects the composer's spiritual beliefs, questions, and doubts.

Georges Lentz was awarded a special commendation as one of the top entries at the 1991 International Composers' Competition in Vienna, and in 1997 he won the Paul Lowin Prize for orchestral composition, the most prestigious composition prize in Australia. His orchestral work Guyuhmgan was the top recommended work at the 2002 UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers in Paris. In 2005 he completed Monh, a work for viola and orchestra for German soloist Tabea Zimmermann. The piece was co-commissioned by the BBC, the Echternach Music Festival, and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, which gave the Australian premiere in 2008.