The Australia Council for the Arts mourns the sudden passing of two great contributors to the arts in Australia – conductor Hiroyuki Iwaki and arts impresario Clifford Hocking.
Hiroyuki Iwaki was the conductor laureate of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, having been its chief conductor between 1974 and 1989.
He made an immense contribution in shaping the orchestra’s sound and presenting works by contemporary composers. He conducted the premieres of many Australian works.
Clifford Hocking was a former director of the Adelaide and Melbourne festivals and well-known presenter of music, theatre and comedy performances. He introduced Australian audiences to such artistic talents as Barry Humphries, Stephane Grapelli and Ravi Shankar.
The Councillors and staff of the Australia Council extend their sincere and heartfelt condolences to the Hocking and Iwaki families.