Conservatorium of Music

Maria Grenfell

Maria Grenfell

Dr Maria Grenfell

Co-ordinator, Composition; Co-ordinator, Classical Music

MA, Eastman; DMA, USC

Contact Details

Contact Campus Hobart CBD Campuses
Building Conservatorium of Music
Room Reference 111
Telephone +61 3 6226 7323
Fax +61 3 6226 7333


Dr Maria Grenfell - Researchers Report (WARP)

Career Summary

Maria Grenfell was born in Malaysia and grew up in Christchurch, New Zealand. She completed composition studies at the University of Canterbury, then furthered her studies in the USA and completed an MA at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. In 1998 she gained her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where she was also a lecturer. Her teachers have included Samuel Adler, Joseph Schwantner at Eastman, and Stephen Hartke, Erica Muhl and Morten Lauridsen in Los Angeles.

Maria Grenfell's work takes influences from poetic, literary and visual sources and from non-Western music and literature. Her music has been commissioned, performed or recorded by all the major symphony orchestras in Australia and New Zealand, and numerous chamber groups in Australasia and overseas. In 2010 Maria was a participant at the Music X Festival in Blonay, Switzerland. She is Co-ordinator of Composition at the University of Tasmania Conservatorium of Music. Maria also teaches at the Symphony Australia TSO Composers' School, an annual emerging composer program, and serves on the Board of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. She lives in Hobart with her husband, guitarist David Malone, and their two children.

Research Areas

  • Music Composition