Australian music stars deceased in HIV/AIDS

Here are 2 famous musicians from Australia died in HIV/AIDS:

Stuart Challender

Stuart Challender (February 19, 1947 Hobart-December 13, 1991 Sydney) was an Australian conductor.

His discography includes: Complete Symphonies 1-6. Genres: Opera and Classical music.

Stuart Challender was born on February 19, 1947, in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. He completed his education at the University of Tasmania before pursuing further studies in the United Kingdom and Europe. Challender gained a reputation as a talented conductor, and he was appointed as the assistant conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 1974. From 1979 to 1983, Challender served as the Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of the West Australian Ballet.

Challender was best known for his work with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, with which he served as the Principal Conductor from 1987 until his death in 1991. Under his leadership, the orchestra gained a new level of recognition and acclaim, performing at major international festivals and recording several critically acclaimed albums.

Challender was known for his innovative programming, which included works from Australian composers and contemporary composers from around the world. He was also a renowned conductor of opera, having conducted productions with the Australian Opera and the English National Opera.

Unfortunately, Challender's career was cut short when he died at the age of 44 due to complications from AIDS. In recognition of his contributions to music, the Stuart Challender Chair in Music was established at the University of Sydney in his honor.

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Peter Allen

Peter Allen (February 10, 1944 Tenterfield-June 18, 1992 San Diego) a.k.a. Peter Allen Woolnough, Peter Richard Woolnough or Peter Richard Woolnough Allen was an Australian singer, musician, singer-songwriter, songwriter and actor.

His most well known albums: At His Best, The Boy From Oz, The Very Best of Peter Allen, Bi-Coastal, Taught by Experts, The Very Best of Peter Allen: The Boy From Down Under, Tenterfield Saddler, The Ultimate Peter Allen, I Could Have Been a Sailor and Continental American. Genres: Pop music.

Peter Allen was born in Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia, and began his musical career as part of the duo, The Allen Brothers, which he formed with his older brother, Chris. They achieved some success in Australia and were regular performers on the television show Bandstand. However, Peter eventually went solo and moved to the United States in the 1970s.

He soon established himself as a successful singer-songwriter, penning hits for the likes of Olivia Newton-John and others. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and elaborate costumes. In addition to his music career, Allen had a few small acting roles in films and television, including a memorable appearance in the movie All That Jazz.

Allen was openly gay and later in life became an advocate for AIDS awareness and research. Tragically, he himself succumbed to AIDS-related complications in 1992, at the age of 48. He was posthumously inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1995.

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