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James Ledger : Represented Artist

Random Audio Sample: Waiting for the lights to change (solo piano) by James Ledger, from the CD Firestarters 2


Photo of James Ledger

Photo: Bridget Elliot

Artist website: http://jamesledger.com

The orchestral music of James Ledger is well known to Australian concertgoers. His first work for orchestra, Indian Pacific from 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 the 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".

In 2011 his work, Chronicles was awarded Orchestral Work of the Year in the Australasian Performing Rights Association/Australian Music Centre Art Music Awards. The Monthly Magazine listed the same work as one of 20 Australian Masterpieces since 2000, describing it as "a piece of emotional extremes in which everything is in balance".

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. In 2011 he was the composer-in-residence at the Australian National Academy of Music.

Ledger co-composed the ARIA award-winning song-cycle Conversations with Ghosts with singer-songwriter Paul Kelly. 2015 sees the premiere of a new large-scale work for West Australian Symphony Orchestra and for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, a new work to mark the ANZAC centenary commemorations.

For more information please visit jamesledger.com


James Ledger — current to October 2014

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Devils on the underground (acoustic music with live computer effects) Commissioned by David Elton.
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.
Digital sheet music sample Silver swans (octets: oboe, clarinet, horn, piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass - with live electronics) (2012) Commissioned by Tura New Music, Southern Cross Soloists.
See how they run : for solo violin and portable CD or MP3 player (2012) Commissioned for the University of Western Australia's Centenary Year 2013.
Digital sheet music sample In orbit : large chamber ensemble (2011) Commissioned by Australian National Academy of Music.

Analysis & Media

- Video: Meet the artist - James Ledger

- Video: Conversations with Ghosts