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Luke Styles : Represented Artist

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

Random Audio Sample: Fear of counting forward : for harp, percussion, saxophone quartet by Luke Styles, from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 61.

Photo of Luke Styles

Photo: Kira Doherty


Luke Styles is an Australian composer, represented by IMG Artists. From 2011 to 2015 Luke was the first Glyndebourne Young Composer in Residence. In this post he composed two chamber operas and two youth operas which have been performed on the famous Glyndebourne main stage 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. Alongside his operatic work Luke is working on piano duo with percussion and a song cycle for Mark Padmore and the Britten Sinfonia. Most recently Luke has created new works for the London Sinfonietta, the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the Aldeburgh Festival (Friday Afternoon Songs). In December 2015 Luke completed a 10-month Leverhulme-funded composer in residence position at the Foundling Museum in London.

Luke undertook his composition training with a Bachelor of Music (composition) degree at the Royal Academy of Music London (graduating with honours in 2005) 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.

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 world's top soloists such as horn player David Pyatt and violinist Matthew Truscott. His music has featured at festivals including the Wien Modern, Aldeburgh Festival, Glyndebourne 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, Helsinki Music Centre and the Vienna Concert Hall.

Luke has been the recipient of numerous awards and commissions, including a carol for the Financial Times, the Wolfgang-Rihm Scholarship from the Privatbrauerei Hoepfner 2008, an Association for Cultural Exchange Study Tours Scholarship with George Benjamin (08/09), DAAD scholarship for 06/07, PRS New Works commission, RVW Trust commission, Britten-Pears Foundation commission Prize Winner 'Remasterpiece' Competition 2006, Sonic Arts Network Expo 2005 commission, Young Australian Composer of the Asian Composers League (2003), Mosco Carner Composition Award winner (2001-2003), Lena P Green Award (2004), Pullen Memorial Prize (2005), Moscow International Schnittke composition competition 2nd place winner (2002), 24th International Competition of Electro acoustic Music Russolo finalist (Italy 2002) and Australasian Performing Rights Association Professional Development Award winner.

Luke has been awarded scholarships to take part in various courses throughout Europe and Asia where he has worked with composers such as Brian Ferneyhough, Harrison Birtwistle, Marco Stroppa and Gunnar Eriksson. Luke was also been part of the 2010/2011 Jerwood Opera Writing Programme at Aldeburgh Music. Luke is Artistic Director of Ensemble Amorpha.

Luke Styles — current to December 2017

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
Bodice and ribbons (quintets: flute, oboe, violin, viola, cello) (2015) Commissioned by Inventi Ensemble.
Macbeth : a chamber opera (2015) Commissioned by Glyndebourne Opera.
Digital sheet music sample Pragma (trios: 2 sopranos, alto) (2014) Commissioned for the Love Festival 2014 at the Southbank Centre London.
Digital sheet music sample Unborn in America (chamber opera) (2014) Commissioned by Ensemble Amorpha.
Digital sheet music sample Tycho's dream : a science fiction youth opera (2014) Commissioned by Glyndebourne.