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John Carmichael was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1930 where he studied the piano with Raymond Lambert at the University Conservatorium & composition with Dorian Le Gallienne. At the Paris Conservatoire he studued piano with Marcel Ciampi and in London studied composition privately with the great Australian composer, Arthur Benjamin, who was also Professor of Composition at the Royal College of Music. He was awarded the Order of Australia in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2011 for his services to music. He has composed works for a range of instruments, including two concertos for piano, two flute concertos, a concerto for trumpet and many works for solo piano and piano four hands. Among his most frequently broadcast works are the Concierto Folklorico, the Bravura Waltzes, 'Phoenix' - concerto for flute & orchestra, the Latin American Suite for piano four hands, and Hommages. Chamber works include the Piano Quartet 'Sea Changes', the Concerto for Flute Orchestra, the Serenade for flute & strings, A Little Night Music for flute & piano and 'Fetes Champetres' for clarinet & piano (for which there is also an orchestral arrangement). Among the distinguished musicians who have performed & recorded his music are Sir James Galway, Antony Gray, Kyle Horch, John Wallace, Roger Armstrong, Stephen Robinson and the Catalonian piano duo Sofia Cabruja & Carlos  Lama. His most recently completed work is 'Escapades' - duo for flute & clarinet. John Carmichael lives in London, UK, where he continues to compiose, though he no longer performs publicly. Among his relaxations, he lists studying foreign languages - he has a degree from King College, London in French & Spanish and he has been learning Mandarin for the past three years. He is a great admirer of the works of Marcel Proust & Jane Austen and is also a fan of American crime fiction, particularly the novels of Michael Connelly and Raymond Chandler. He has a 'secret' passion for science fiction and the Hollywood films of the 1930s & 40s, especially those starring Barbara Stanwyck, James Mason, Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn & Bette Davis.       

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