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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

James Ledger is an ARIA award-winning composer with a breadth of work spanning solo, chamber, electronic and orchestral music. His first orchestral work, Indian Pacific, from 1996 is still regularly performed around Australia and has had twelve performances so far in 2022. He has held residencies with the West Australian, Adelaide and Christchurch (NZ) Symphony Orchestras, the Australian National Academy of Music (Melbourne) and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music (Townsville). He has received commissions from Australia's leading ensembles including the Melbourne, Sydney and Tasmanian symphony orchestras, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Australian String Quartet.

Ledger has collaborated with Australian musician Paul Kelly on two song-cycles: Conversations with Ghosts (2012) and Thirteen Ways to Look at Birds (2019). Both of these albums won ARIA awards. He has won APRA Art Music Awards

for Viola Concerto (2019), Golden Years (violin concerto) (2011) and Chronicles (2009).

He is Chair of Composition at the Conservatorium of Music at the University of Western Australia.

For more information please visit jamesledger.com


James Ledger — current to February 2023

Teacher/Influence on

Michael Grebla (2010 - 2015)

Mark Holdsworth

Chris Williams (2008)

Chris Williams

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Fanfares for Libraries : for solo oboe with two smartphones (2021) Commissioned by Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), The ANAM Set.
Mementi : an assortment of pieces for saxophone, percussion and piano (2020) Commissioned by Mix't Trio.
Digital sheet music sample Viola Concerto (viola with orchestra) (2019) Commissioned by Geoff Stearn for performance by West Australian Symphony Orchestra.
Daydream : for string orchestra (2017) Commissioned by HUSH Music Foundation.
Digital sheet music sample The Natural Order of Things : string orchestra (2017) Commissioned by David & Sandy Libling in celebration of the life of Simon Libling
Digital sheet music sample Hollow Kings : Four pieces after William Shakespeare for optional narrator, electric guitar and orchestra (2016) Commissioned by Symphony Services International.

Analysis & Media

- Video: Meet the artist - James Ledger

- Video: Conversations with Ghosts