Sven Libaek : President, MAGA National Executive

Sven Libaek has been a member of MAGA for more than 30 years. He joined the committee in 1996 and was elected president in 2000. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School in New York, and first performed as a pianist with the Boston Pops Orchestra conducted by the late Arthur Fiedler. He moved to Australia in 1960, and spent his first four years in this country as A&R Manager for Coronet, (later CBS), Records. At CBS Sven produced over 200 singles and albums, including Bombora, a big hit for the group The Atlantics. He is well known as a composer of many film and television scores, including Nature Walkabout, Boney, ABC's Big Country and Ron and Valery Taylor's under water series Inner Space. His Australia Suite for symphony orchestra and jazz group had its world premiere in Sydney Town Hall in the late sixties, with Sven at the piano and featuring the "cream" of Australian jazz greats, including Don Burrows, Johnny Sangster, Errol Buddle, George Golla and Ed Gaston. As an arranger and orchestrator he has worked with many top singers both in Australia and overseas, and the Sven Libaek Orchestra has, over a period of years, released more than 30 albums featuring Sven's arrangements.

Sven moved to Los Angeles in 1977, and remained there until 1994. During his years in America he was one of the principal composer/arrangers for Hanna Barbera, as well as working for top US artists, including Neil Diamond and Lionel Richie. Sven is currently the resident conductor of the Sutherland Shire Symphony Orchestra.

 

27 October 1970 Joined MAGA (NSW Division)
1997-1999 Committee Member
2000-2012 President