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Luke Paulding (1987-2021) : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: quartet "clothed like birds with wings as garments" : for oboe, French horn, trumpet & percussion by Luke Paulding, from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 39.

Photo of Luke Paulding

Photo: Zach Malcolm

Born in Bahrain and raised in Melbourne, Luke Paulding (1987-2021) emerged as a strong and original voice amongst the younger generation of composers in the 2010s. His music has been performed in the UK, Ireland, France, Italy, Singapore and across much of Australia, by musicians from ensembles such as ELISION Ensemble, Speak Percussion, Ensemble Linea (France), soundinitiative (France), Namascae Lemanic Modern Ensemble (France), ensemble interface (Germany), Quiver, 3 Shades Black, Kupka's Piano; as well as the Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, with radio broadcasts on ABC Classic FM and 3MBS Fine Music.

Luke Paulding received support and commissions from the Australia Council for the Arts, Cybec Foundation, IETM-International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts, Melbourne City Council, Arts Centre Melbourne and Musical Society of Victoria, among others. With a passion for exploring other art forms, Luke collaborated on projects for Melbourne Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Theatre Works, Aphids, and Chamber Made Opera, and attracted Green Room Award nominations for his original sound design in theatre.

Luke's music has featured at the Melbourne International Arts Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Metropolis New Music Festival, Castlemaine Arts Festival and Totally Huge New Music Festival.

A trained pianist and tuba player Luke was a founding member and co-director of new music ensemble, Quiver, dedicated to innovative performances of contemporary art music.

Luke graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2010, having attracted numerous awards, including the Marion Isobel Thomas Estate Award and Atheneum Prize. Through studies at the VCA and selective professional development programs around Australia and Europe (including the 2013 Nouvelle Voix composition course at Royaumont Abbey, France) his compositional mentors included Brenton Broadstock, Chris Dench, Brian Ferneyhough, Liza Lim, David Young and, most recently, Elliott Gyger, with whom he was studying towards a Master's degree in composition at the University of Melbourne.

In 2021, Luke Paulding had been collaborating on a new composition to be premiered at the Brisbane Music Festival. He died in October 2021 before the completion of the work.

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
quartet "clothed like birds with wings as garments" : for oboe, French horn, trumpet & percussion (2013) Pièce écrite dans le cadre du programme Voix nouvelles de la Fondation Royaumont.
Ordination of verticals : (yet to be assigned) (2013) Commissioned by Kupka's Piano.
where dust is in their mouths and clay is their food : for flugelhorn, trombone and percussion (2012) Commissioned by Elision Ensemble, Daryl Buckley.
Digital sheet music sample surface given radiance : for vibraphones, crotales and quarter-tone metal tubes (2010) Commissioned by Eugene Ughetti, Speak Percussion.
the air a bright shatter of wings : for small orchestra (2010) Commissioned by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Digital sheet music sample the abundance of breath : for soprano and trumpet (2009) Commissioned by the Musical Society of Victoria, courtesy of the inaugural David Henkels Composition Award 2009