Professor Kim Cunio is the Head of the School of Music at The Australian National University.

Kim is a composer, performer and researcher who has had his work performed at the White House, United Nations, and numerous festivals in many countries. His list of commissioning and partner organisations includes the Sydney 2000 Olympics, the Art Gallery of NSW, National Gallery of Victoria, the Melbourne International Arts Festival, the Foundation for Universal Sacred Music (USA).

He is a specialist in being creative across disciplines, having scored many of the world’s great artistic collections, including the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Khalili collection of Islamic art and the Maharajah of Jodhpur’s art collection to music and text.

Kim has been longlisted for a Grammy in 2016 for his work with the Gyuto Monks of Tibet and he is a recipient of the ABC Golden Manuscript Award for his composition. He writes about music and the arts for the Crawford Centre of Public Policy and the Directors and Deans of the Creative Arts. His upcoming book, Forgiving Music, is a manual on how to make music meaningful. Kim is published by the ABC, Sage (US), Intelligent Arts (US), New World (US) and the Foundation for Universal Sacred Music (US).

Fields of expertise



Sounds of the sun inspire an extraordinary new album

A new album transporting listeners on a journey to the sun and inspired by ‘sounds’ captured in space…

1 December 2022


ANU choir opens up to lift our spirits

A new virtual choir is forming with calls for aspiring singers to join The Australian National University (ANU) School of Music as part of…

31 August 2021


New album creates a sonic journey through our cosmos

A new free online album takes listeners on a cosmic and sonic journey through space, including past the…


Sounds of silent space come to life in new soundtrack

The eerie and usually unheard sounds of space captured in the deep cold of Antarctica could be the…


The harmonic sounds of the Gyuto Monks

To the western ear, it’s a sound unlike any other. The fundamental note the monks produce is extremely…

22 November 2017

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