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David John Lang : Associate Artist

Photo of David John Lang

Photo: Eleanor Hebart


David John Lang is an Australian composer who lives in Adelaide. He writes music for orchestras, choirs, singers and instrumentalists; for concerts, recordings, theatre and film; for musicians, the world, God and the sheer joy of it. David loves creating art that is inventive, thoughtful and heartfelt. His music often reflects his love of storytelling, whimsical sense of humour and instinct for drama.

As a composer, David often relies on others to bring his music to life. Musicians who have taken up this task include the Australian String Quartet and the Adelaide Wind Orchestra. Many groups and individuals have also commissioned works from David, including Adelaide Youth Orchestras Inc., Adelaide Chamber Singers and Eclectica Trio.

David attended Composing in the Wilderness in July 2016, a two-week adventure in back-country Alaska with nine other composers, led by Stephen Lias. In 2012 he was a composer at the four-week Atlantic Music Festival in Maine, USA. He has also attended three of the Australian Youth Orchestra's National Music Camps, twice as a composer and once as a writer. David won the International Composition Prize of the Reveille Trumpet Collective in 2011, and has won numerous South Australian Young Composers Awards.

David is studying a PhD in Music Composition at the Elder Conservatorium of Music in Adelaide, focusing on musical storytelling through the use of variation form. His supervisor is Graeme Koehne, and other composition teachers in Adelaide have included David Harris, John Polglase and Charles Bodman Rae. He has also had occasional (but significant) lessons with Robert Paterson, Andrew Thomas, Iain Grandage, James Ledger and Andrew Schultz.

When not writing music, David loves writing about music. He has provided concert program notes for organisations including the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, and was awarded the Australian Youth Orchestra's Music Presentation Fellowship in 2010.

David is also an experienced conductor of choirs, orchestras and chamber groups. He is assistant conductor of the Adelaide Wind Orchestra, in which he also plays trumpet and occasionally piano.

When David remembers there is more to life than music, he enjoys reading, walking (especially in the Adelaide Hills) and eating good chocolate.

David John Lang — current to August 2016

Studied with

David Harris (2007)

Charles Bodman Rae (2008 - 2018)

John Polglase (2008)

Graeme Koehne (2009 - 2018)


Collaborated with

Chris Larkin (2007 - 2010)

Steven Tanoto (2009 - 2010)


Influenced by

Anne Cawrse (2009 - current)


Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Sorry I missed you : (text message fails), for SATB chorus and SATB soloists (2016) Commissioned by Adelaide Chamber Singers.
Digital sheet music sample My soul, wait : SATB choir (2014) Commissioned by Christ Church North Adelaide.
Digital sheet music sample The Three Little Pigs : for 3 clarinets (2010) Commissioned by Eclectica Trio in 2010