David Osborne is an Australian Composer, Violinist, and Conductor living and working in Berlin, Germany. The major project he is currently developing is an opera based on Ethel Pedley’s 19th century children’s classic 'Dot and the Kangaroo'. Prior to arriving in Europe David was employed by the Sydney based documentary film making company Curiousworks as a music specialist. In this capacity David developed music for a series of short films being made in the city of Hume in Melbourne’s Northern suburbs involving community members from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds. His role also entailed assisting these community members to develop their own musical performance skills. It was an ideal situation for a musician who is passionate about both reaching new audiences and fostering grass-roots participation.


David is perhaps best known as the founder and director of the Raga Dolls Salon Orchestra- an ensemble that won a large following through their unique and innovative approach to the performance of classical music. The orchestra performed regularly to large audiences in venues such as the Melbourne Recital Centre’s Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, the City Recital Hall Angel Place, Sydney and the Iwaki Auditorium Melbourne from whence three of their concerts were broadcast live on ABC Classic FM. The Raga Dolls made a number of Radio and Television appearances, including on popular quiz show Spicks and Specks, a performance that features in that program’s ‘best of’ compilation. The Raga Dolls released five CDs including ‘Late Harvest’ on the ABC Classics label and ‘Stray Dog Waltz and Other Stories’ which was awarded a rare maximum score of five stars in a review by Deborah Jones in the Weekend Australian. He is contracted as a composer to ABC Music Publishing

...and from a personal viewpoint:

Enough of all that, this box is reserved for things you do need to know because this is who I really am. If you wish to categorise me, I'm comfortable with 'anti-elitist'. I have a personal conviction (just my opinion, mind) that Western Classical Music is this species' most wonderful achievement. I therefore would like to share it with as many people as I can. Regardless of their post-code. Please don't call me anti-modernist I am definitely not that, but I will plead guilty to accusations of being anti-establishment.

Please also note that the music I write is simply the music in my head, it's been there since before I could talk. I have no agenda for other composers to share my approach and I simply cannot understand those that do.

My political views are quite a long way to the left, in particular with regard to environmental issues, my favourite composer is Richard Wagner and I support the Hawthorn Football Club in the AFL (It's a family thing).