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James Ledger : Represented Artist

Random Audio Sample: Between worlds (duos: trumpet, organ) by James Ledger, from the CD Journey

Photo of James Ledger

Artist website: http://jamesledger.com

The orchestral music of James Ledger is well known to Australian concertgoers. His first work for orchestra, Indian Pacific (1996), is still regularly performed around the country.

Since then, Ledger has been resident with many orchestras and institutions including the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra (New Zealand) and Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. From 2007 to 2009 he was composer-in-residence with his home orchestra - the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. Ledger has written much instrumental music and "has established an impressive reputation as a symphonic composer" (The Australian). Ledger has also received commissions from Australia's leading chamber ensembles including the Australian String Quartet for whom he wrote Processions which The Australian described as "a triumph".

The Monthly Magazine listed Ledger's orchestral work Chronicles as one of 20 Australian Masterpieces since 2000, describing it as "a piece of emotional extremes in which everything is in balance". In 2011, the work was awarded Work of the Year: Orchestral in the APRA/Australian Music Centre Art Music Awards. In 2014, his violin concerto Golden Years won the same award.

Ledger was composer-in-residence at the Australian National Academy of Music in 2011. This lead to a collaboration with songwriter Paul Kelly. The result was the ARIA award-winning song-cycle Conversations with Ghosts. The CD was released on ABC Classics.

James Ledger studied French horn at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts. In 2008, he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to research contemporary compositional practice with a particular focus on new music in Estonia. He is currently lecturer in composition at the University of Western Australia.

2015 sees the premiere of War Music to mark the ANZAC centenary commemorations for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and choir with text by Paul Kelly. This work is being performed simultaneously in Wellington by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Also in 2015 is the premiere of a large-scale work for the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

For more information please visit jamesledger.com

James Ledger — current to February 2015

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
War music : orchestra Commissioned by Sydney Symphony, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
Simpler Times : orchestra Commissioned by Geoff Stearn.
Digital sheet music sample News, weather and dreams : full orchestra (2014) Commissioned by Monash Academy Orchestra.
Digital sheet music sample When Chaplin met Einstein (sextets: flute, clarinet, percussion, keyboard (elec), violin, cello) (2014) Commissioned for the Soft Soft Loud Chamber Series
Digital sheet music sample Igor's drum : sextet (2013) Commissioned by Soundstream Collective.
Golden years : Concerto for violin and orchestra (2013) Commissioned by Geoff Stearn for performance by West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

Analysis & Media

- Video: Meet the artist - James Ledger

- Video: Conversations with Ghosts