Peter Sculthorpe AO OBE (1929 - 2014) is Australia's best-known composer. Born in Launceston, Tasmania, and educated in Melbourne and Oxford, Sculthorpe gained a Harkness Fellowship to study in the US in 1966 and became composer-in-residence at Yale University. In the late 1960s he was appointed Reader in Music at Sydney University, and now holds a personal chair as its Professor in Musical Composition. His major works include Sun Music 1 (1963), Sun Music Ballet (1968) and Rites of Passage (1974). Sculthorpe has received a plethora of local and international honours and awards and has been designated an Australian Living Treasure.
Gift of the artist 2002
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Accession number: 2002.20
More about the artist and subject
To celebrate Peter Sculthorpe's 80th birthday, the National Portrait Gallery has created a feature exhibition of portraits and associated biographic material drawn from the National Portrait Gallery and the composer’s personal collection.
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The complex connections between four creative Australians; Patrick White, Sidney Nolan, Robert Helpmann and Peter Sculthorpe.
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Eric Smith describes the agony and finally the ecstasy of winning the 1982 Archibald Prize with the portrait of Peter Sculthorpe.
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Myself and Eye
Magda Keaney speaks with Lewis Morley about his photographic career and the major retrospective of his work on display at the NPG.
Permanent collection catalogue
On one level The Companion talks about the most famous and frontline Australians, but on another it tells us about ourselves: who we read, who we watch, who we listen to, who we cheer for, who we aspire to be, and who we'll never forget. The Companion is available to buy online and in the Portrait Gallery Store.