James Ledger : Represented Artist
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Artist website: http://jamesledger.com
James Ledger is a composer with a breadth of work spanning solo, chamber and orchestral music. He has been composer-in-residence with the West Australian, Adelaide and Christchurch (NZ) Symphony Orchestras, the Australian National Academy of Music and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. He has won APRA Art Music Awards for his violin concerto Golden Years and the orchestral work Chronicles. He is currently lecturer in composition at the Conservatorium of Music at the University of Western Australia.
Ledger enjoys an ongoing collaboration with songwriter Paul Kelly. Their song-cycle Conversations with Ghosts won an ARIA award in 2013. In 2015 the Sydney and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras simultaneously premiered War Music for choir and orchestra, with text by Kelly.
2018 saw a focus on chamber music with a large-scale piano work for Alex Raineri and two new string quartets. One of the quartets incorporated live electronic sound manipulation and was toured nationally by the Australian String Quartet.
2019 sees the premiere of Thirteen Ways to Look at Birds - a new song-cycle by Ledger and Kelly to be premiered at the Adelaide Festival. Later in the year is a new concerto for orchestra and viola featuring Brett Dean as soloist.
For more information please visit jamesledger.com.
James Ledger — current to January 2019
Awards & Prizes
|2016||Paul Lowin Orchestral Prize||Highly Commended||Golden years|
|2014||Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Orchestral||Winner||Golden years|
|2013||Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Vocal/Choral||Finalist||Conversations with ghosts|
|2011||Art Music Awards: Work of the Year: Orchestral||Winner||Chronicles|
|The Natural Order of Things : string orchestra (2017)||Commissioned by David & Sandy Libling in celebration of the life of Simon Libling|
|The natural church : chamber orchestra (2016)||Commissioned by Four Winds Festival.|
|Hollow Kings : Four pieces after William Shakespeare for optional narrator, electric guitar and orchestra (2016)||Commissioned by Symphony Services International.|
|War Music : SATB choir with orchestra (2015)||Commissioned by New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony.|
|Voodoo sonnets : for trumpet, trombone and electric guitar (2015)||Commissioned by University of Melbourne for performance by Three (Musical group).|
|Simpler times : orchestra (2015)||Commissioned by Geoff Stearn for performance by West Australian Symphony Orchestra.|