Lawrence Whiffin

Lawrence Whiffin was born in Melbourne in 1930, and passed away in November 2012. He spent much of his life abroad. In 1976 Whiffin was appointed Senior Tutor at the Music Department of La Trobe University. This position entailed the teaching of harmony, counterpoint, analysis, form and fugue, and gave him the chance to compose more concert music.

In 1976 Whiffin was appointed Senior Tutor at the Music Department of La Trobe University.

Whiffinpoof, for twelve instruments and choir, was composed for the Music Department in 1976, and the following year brought a commission to write an organ sonata (Sonata Fantasy) for the Melbourne Autumn Festival of Organ and Harpsichord. He participated in numerous performances, mainly as pianist, from this point onwards.

Whiffin participated in a summer seminar in computer music at Stanford University, USA, in 1981. He was awarded his Master of Music degree from the University of Melbourne in 1982 and was appointed tenured lecturer at La Trobe University in the same year.

Upon returning to Australia, Whiffin was been able to pursue his musicological interests, as well as composing and performing: he initiated the publication of Contemporary Australian Piano (published 1985 by La Trobe University Press) and co-edited this publication with Haydn Reeder. In 1984 he also had an article accepted for publication by the Australian Musicological Society on "set theory and a new approach to serialism based on the analysis of Larry Sitsky's Music in the Mirabell Garden".

Compositions by Lawrence Whiffin appear on

Astra 60

This CD captures a concert of Australian piano music given in celebration of Astra's support of Australian music and artists. For 60 years the Astra Chamber Music Society has presented new Australian music and Australian performers within a context of international new music developments, always informed by cultural perspectives.


Rabid Bay

Michael Kieran Harvey is one of the foremost interpreters of contemporary piano music of his generation. This recording presents some of Australia's cutting edge piano music - bold and experimental, but also increasingly lyrical, was nominated for a 2005 ARIA award.


Bizarre or baRock

Elizabeth Anderson explores harpsichord music across four centuries: ranging from Conceição's raw 17th century battle piece, through traditional Baroque repertoire, to Jazz, Blues, Gershwin and the Beatles accompanied by drums and bass. Weird, wild, wacky and wonderful - you've never heard the harpsichord like this!



Eric Klay brings his bass trombone centre-stage in a varied selection of stylish classic, contemporary, and big band pieces.


Contemporary Australian Piano

A valuable collection of Australian compositions for piano, by some of Australia's most respected and inventive composers and performed by pianist- composer, Larry Sitsky.