In 2019 Melbourne composer Stuart Greenbaum will become the Melbourne Youth Orchestras’ Composer in Residence, working with our string ensembles on a number of new and transformative musical compositions.

The Greenbaum sounds has overt connections to jazz, pop and minimalism but is equally grounded in the Western art music tradition.

“I often conceive of music in terms of journeys. And this often involves viewing our home planet Earth from a distance and considering our place in the universe. I believe that music should also be appreciable as pure sounds in time. My music aims to evoke an atmosphere apart from the routine of modern life. I believe in the need to allow space in a world increasingly filled with commercialism, light and noise pollution and 24/7/ thinking. At times, I think we lose a sense of wonderment at our earthly surrounds. Therefore, when I write, I seek an experience in sounds to take me beyond everyday imperatives”


Stuart Greenbaum will take our four string groups on a journey into the cosmos with a set of four movements in contemplation of space exploration, starting with Sputnik in 1957, progressing through the Voyager and Pathfinder missions, and finally moving into the new millennium with Messenger. Across this journey Greenbaum will look for human metaphors that connect to our own lives and our place in the universe.