Cyrus Meher-Homji, General Manager, Classics and Jazz, Universal Music Australia is among those awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) today as part of the Australia Day 2019 Honours List.

Awarded for his service to the performing arts, particularly through music, Meher-Homji’s honour is approved by the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, representative of the Australian monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.

Since joining Universal Music Group in 1998 as Marketing Manager for PolyGram Classics & Jazz, Meher-Homji has been integral in the growth of UMA’s Classics & Jazz department, recently expanding its activities into presenting live concerts, with UMA’s first festival to be held in September 2019.

Marking André Rieu’s milestone of $50 million sales in Australia. (l-r): George Ash, André Rieu, Cyrus Meher-Homj

The creator of Soundscapes, a music magazine with international circulation from 1993–1998 Meher-Homji is also the author of several entries on pianists in the second edition of the 29-volume musical encyclopaedia The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians as well as The Oxford Companion to Australian Music.

His written works include books and music journals about Percy Grainger, Eileen Joyce, Julius Katchen and Noël Mewton-Wood, and contributions to a series of magazines and newspapers, including Gramophone, Classical Record Collector, International Record Review, International Piano Quarterly, Limelight and The Australian.