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Luke Styles : Represented Artist

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

Random Audio Sample: Slogan 2 (quintets: flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, marimba, piano) by Luke Styles, from the CD Selected works

Photo of Luke Styles

Photo: Kira Doherty


Artist website: http://www.lukestyles.com

Luke Styles is an Australian composer, represented by IMG Artists. From 2011-2014 Luke was the first Glyndebourne Young Composer in Residence and in 2015 the first composer in residence at the Foundling Museum since Handel. Luke has been a prolific composer of operas having composed two chamber operas, three youth operas and a cabaret opera. They have been performed on the famous Glyndebourne main stage, the Vaults Festival and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden by the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of conductors such as Vladimir Jurowski. Luke is currently working on two new operas, one for the Perth International Arts Festival and another for Opera Philadelphia, with premieres in 2019 and 2021 respectively. Most recently Luke has created new works for the London Sinfonietta, the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the Aldeburgh Festival.

Luke undertook his composition training with a Bachelor of Music (composition) degree at the Royal Academy of Music London and 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. Luke recently completed a PhD at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

Throughout his career Luke has been heavily involved in creating collaborative and multi-discipline works. These have included works for dancers and circus performers, in the form of Handspun, commissioned by the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and 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 Tenor Mark Padmore, horn player David Pyatt and violinist Matthew Truscott. His music has featured at festivals including the Wien Modern, Aldeburgh Festival, Glyndebourne Festival, Perth 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, Finnish Music Center and the Vienna Concert Hall.

Luke Styles — current to July 2018

Studied with

Detlev Mueller-Siemens (2005 - 2007)

Wolfgang Rihm (2006 - 2008)

George Benjamin (2008 - 2009)


Collaborated with

Ted Huffman (2010 - 2015)

Alan McKendrick (2010 - current)

Peter Goldsworthy

Melissa Madden Grey

Mark Padmore


Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2019 Paul Lowin Song Cycle Prize Highly Commended On Bunyah

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Friday afternoon songs : treble choir with piano Commissioned by Snape Maltings for the Friday Afternoons Project
Digital sheet music sample Five Phase Sphere : low trio (2021) Commissioned by Sound Festival Aberdeen, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, and Ask Duetts.
Digital sheet music sample Trussed : for double bass (2020) Written as part of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra's 2020 Australian Miniseries.
Digital sheet music sample No Friend but the Mountains : a symphonic song cycle (2020) Commissioned by Zelman Symphony Orchestra.
Digital sheet music sample Starfish (mezzo-soprano with cello) (2020) Commissioned by Halcyon.
Digital sheet music sample Bound : violin solo (2019) Commissioned by the Royal Academy of Music London as part of their Bicentenary celebrations.