Award-winning composer of concert and film music

Mary Finsterer. Photo by Dean Golja.

Photo by Dean Golja.

Mary Finsterer is recognized as one of Australia’s most original orchestral composers. Her work has won many awards around the world, including the prestigious Paul Lowin Orchestral Prize in 2009 for her work inspired by Jorge Luis Borges, IN PRAISE OF DARKNESS. In 2006, Mary received a Churchill Fellowship to compose alongside Marco Beltrami for the blockbuster movie DIE HARD 4. During this time she continued to work on short films including productions at the Australian Film Television and Radio School.
Her screen music for the feature film SOUTH SOLITARY (dir. Shirley Barrett) received a Film Critics Circle of Australia nomination in 2010, and has since been released on the CD label, ABC Classics|Universal. Current projects include an opera entitled BIOGRAPHICA, commissioned by the Song Company and LAKE ICE (Missed Tales no.1) being performed by Kees Boersma and the Sydney Symphony in August 2013 at The Sydney Opera House.
Mary is a Vice-Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow at Monash University.