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Luke Styles : Associate Artist

'I am always searching and expressing, aurally, visually and theatrically...'

Random Audio Sample: Three stages : for recorder quintet by Luke Styles, from the CD Selected works

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Luke Styles is a UK-based composer, represented by IMG Artists. Luke recently completed three years as the Glyndebourne Young Composer in Residence - in this post he composed two chamber operas and two youth operas; both have been performed on the famous Glyndebourne main stage by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, with conductors including Vladimir Jurowski. Alongside his operatic work Luke has recently found time to write new works for the London Sinfonietta, the 2014 Commonwealth Games and members of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Luke is currently composer in residence at the Foundling Museum in London.

Luke undertook his composition training at the Royal Academy of Music London with a Bachelor of Music (composition) degree, graduating with honours in 2005. He then went on to postgraduate studies with Wolfgang Rihm at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe, Germany, with George Benjamin at King's College London and with Detlev Müller-Siemens at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Vienna.

Throughout his career Luke has been heavily involved in creating collaborative and multi-discipline works. These have included works for dancers and circus performers: Handspun, commissioned by the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, was subsequently produced in Oslo, Helsinki, Prague, London and Panama City. Luke has created silent-film scores for the British Film Institute and works for musicians and actors for Kings Place and the Werkraum Festival in Germany.

Luke has collaborated with many of the worlds top soloists such as horn player David Pyatt and violinist Matthew Truscott. His music has featured at festivals including the Wien Modern, Aldeburgh Festival, Glyndebourne Festival and the Darmstadt International Festival for New Music. Major performance venues of Luke's music include the Sydney Opera House, Glyndebourne, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Helsinki Music Centre and the Vienna Concert Hall.

Luke has been the recipient of numerous awards and commissions, including a carol for the Financial Times, the Wolfgang-Rihm Scholarship from the Privatbrauerei Hoepfner 2008, an Association for Cultural Exchange Study Tours Scholarship with George Benjamin (08/09), DAAD scholarship for 06/07, PRS New Works commission, RVW Trust commission, Britten-Pears Foundation commission Prize Winner 'Remasterpiece' Competition 2006, Sonic Arts Network Expo 2005 commission, Young Australian Composer of the Asian Composers League (2003), Associate composer of the Australian Music Centre, Mosco Carner Composition Award winner (2001-2003), Lena P Green Award (2004), Pullen Memorial Prize (2005), Moscow International Schnittke composition competition 2nd place winner (2002), 24th International Competition of Electro acoustic Music Russolo finalist (Italy 2002) and Australasian Performing Rights Association Professional Development Award winner.

Luke has been awarded scholarships to take part in various courses throughout Europe and Asia where he has worked with composers such as Brian Ferneyhough, Harrison Birtwistle, Marco Stroppa and Gunnar Eriksson. Luke was also been part of the 2010/2011 Jerwood Opera Writing Programme at Aldeburgh Music. Luke is Artistic Director of Ensemble Amorpha.

Luke Styles — current to July 2015

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Bodice and ribbons (quintets: flute, oboe, violin, viola, cello) (2015) Commissioned by Inventi Ensemble.
Fear of counting forward : for harp, percussion, saxophone quartet (2014) Commissioned by TAK Liechtenstein.
Digital sheet music sample Pragma (trios: 2 sopranos, alto) (2014) Commissioned for the Love Festival 2014 at the Southbank Centre London.
Digital sheet music sample Unborn in America (chamber opera) (2014) Commissioned by Ensemble Amorpha.
Digital sheet music sample Tycho's dream : a science fiction youth opera (2014) Commissioned by Glyndebourne.
Digital sheet music sample Vanity : for tenor and baritone solo, SSAA choir and violin (2012) Commissioned by Glyndebourne.