Thomas Reiner

Artistic Director of the ensemble re-sound, Thomas Reiner has received numerous awards for his compositions, including second prize in the International Witold Lutoslawski Composers' Competition for Two Movements for Orchestra, the Dorian Le Gallienne Award, and in 1995 the Albert H Maggs Composition Award.

Thomas Reiner is an award-winning composer with prizes in the International Witold Lutoslawski Composers' Competition, the ALEA III International Composition Competition at Boston University, and the International Boswil Composers' Competition. Locally, he received the Dorian Le Gallienne Award for Composition and the Albert H. Maggs Composition Award.

His prolific compositional output consists of solo pieces, chamber works, orchestral compositions, works for music theatre, vocal works, concept pieces, electroacoustic and electronic works. His music has been performed, broadcast and recorded in many countries and by some of the leading exponents of contemporary music. Most of his works are published with the Australian Music Centre.

In 1996 he was awarded the Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne for his research into the semiotic nature of musical time. The New York publisher Peter Lang published his book Semiotics of Musical Time in 2000. He has written the entries on techno music, DJ culture, and dance parties for the Currency Companion to Music and Dance in Australia. In 2003, Move Records released Hard Chamber, a compilation of his chamber music (MD 3280), which was launched at the Monash University Centre in Prato by the Italian trio Altrove 1.3.

In 2004 he was invited to become a councillor with the Music Council of Australia and was subsequently elected for the Individual Member Position Computer Music and Multimedia. In 2005 he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Australian Music Centre. He is a Senior Lecturer at Monash University in Melbourne where he coordinates music composition and where he has designed a PhD program in research-based composition.

Thomas Reiner is the founder and artistic director of re-sound - a contemporary music group that has made a substantial contribution to Australian work over the past 10 years.

Thomas Reiner is featured on the following titles

Hard Chamber

A retrospective collection of chamber works by leading Melbourne contemporary composer, Thomas Reiner. Features soloists from Monash University and ensemble re-sound.


Performing as re-sound

re-sound has established itself as one of Australia's most progressive contemporary music ensembles. Its thought-provoking, challenging and dynamic performances explore the sounds of our time across a wide range of genres, styles, and performance contexts.

Quiet on the Bridge

As with the group's previous recordings, this CD combines a range of contemporary styles and approaches, including electronic and electro-acoustic music, contemporary chamber and interactive computer music, indeterminate (open) works and improvisation.

Performer: Electronics

Ephemeral Densities

ephemeral densities is re-sound's third CD. It focuses on new Australian work by re-sound members Steve Adam, Melanie Chilianis, Paul Moulatlet, and Thomas Reiner. It integrates contemporary chamber music, computer music and popular electronic music.

Performer: Computer

In C

Terry Riley's classic minimalist work In C receives its first electroacoustic interpretation by the Melbourne-based contemporary music ensemble.


The Flowers

This disc will reveal a new perspective on Australian music-making. All works on this recording are Australian compositions and all explore the aesthetics of contemporary art music.



re-sound's first and self titled CD features chamber works by 20th-century composers John Cage, Brendan Colbert, Paul Moulatlet, Ken Murray, Thomas Reiner, and Harvey Sollberger.


Compositions by Thomas Reiner also appear on

Fantasie Australis

This recording features compositions by living Australian composers, mostly whom are based in Melbourne, Victoria. It is performed by the Monash Flute Ensemble directed by Peter Sheridan. The flute ensemble repertoire of Australia is rather minor compared to other national musical genres, though the country has a rich and vibrant source of fine woodwind composers.



This recording brings together the Italian chamber group Trio Altrove 1.3 with six Australian composers of contemporary classical music: Steve Adam, Melanie Chilianis, Brendan Colbert, Philip Czaplowski, Paul Moulatlet, and Thomas Reiner.



The recording of conversations is one of the outcomes of a research project initiated by the School of Music in the Faculty of Arts at Monash University. Six composers have collaborated to produce this recording, performed by six performers.



Composer and keyboardist Linda Ceff presents an album of past and present inspirations juxtaposed against her own fascinating contemporary compositions.