Michael Sollis


“Sollis’ career has been meteoric.”
Sydney Morning Herald

“A prominent figure on Australia’s musical landscape”
Australian Music Centre

“… willing to take risks, and it is always interesting.”
The Canberra Times


Michael creates captivating artistic journeys by sharing diverse worldviews with curious people, inviting audiences to discover and question the world around them, and generating new ideas. As a composer, artistic director, and mandolinist, Michael has had a unique impact on the Australian music scene. This has included his work as founder, composer, and director of the acclaimed Griffyn Ensemble, and the very first Artistic Director, Education for Musica Viva Australia – working with Australia’s finest musicians to give over 280,000 students every year the best opportunity to discover music and creativity.

Michael is among the most sought-out creative voices in Australia, producing new work through diverse collaborations – whether it be with visual artists, dancers, astronomers, geneticists, farmers, or Rugby League clubs. Michael has created groundbreaking works in locations across the globe: in Australia from rural Tennant Creek to his home city of Canberra, and internationally from Papua New Guinea to Norway. As an Australian composer, his works have been performed by groups such as the Australian String Quartet, the Australian Voices, and internationally by exhAust, the peärls before swïne experience, and Red Note Ensemble.

Regarded as one of Australia’s foremost arts educators and teaching artists, Michael supports educators, arts organisations, communities, and businesses to create lasting change through creativity and the arts. Michael’s approach enables people of all ages and backgrounds to discover their own unique creative pathways. He also speaks at conferences and forums to communicate the importance of creativity and arts advocacy.

Michael’s research into music and language has been published by ANU E-Press and the Australian Journal of Linguistics.

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