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Georges Lentz (b1965)

Through a number of high profile international performances, Georges Lentz has established himself as one of Australia’s leading composers—this despite the fact that he is far from being a prolific writer. Given to self-criticism, he rarely embarks on new compositions, is mostly shy of accepting commissions, and tends to work on each of his pieces over a number of years, often tackling several of them at the same time.

Born in Luxembourg (Europe) in 1965, Georges Lentz grew up in the picturesque town of Echternach with its medieval abbey, an environment that has influenced his music as well as his general outlook. He studied violin and music theory at the Luxembourg Conservatoire, the Paris Conservatoire National Superieur, and the Hannover Musikhochschule. He studied composition in Luxembourg with Alexander Mullenbach and followed Peter Sculthorpe’s classes at the University of Sydney. Since 1989, he has been working on a cycle of pieces called “Caeli enarrant…” (“The Heavens are telling…”—beginning of Psalm XIX), which are based on astronomy and reflect the composer’s spiritual beliefs, questions, and doubts. He has been living in Australia since 1990.




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