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Luke Styles

General Management

Luke Styles is a British and Australian composer, whose music has been performed at Glyndebourne and the Royal Opera House Covent Garden by the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of conductors such as Vladimir Jurowski. He was the first Glyndebourne Young Composer in Residence and the first composer in residence at London's Foundling Museum since Handel. 

 

Luke's most recent opera, Ned Kelly, was premiered to critical acclaim at the 2019 Perth Festival and was a finalist for the 2020 Art Music Awards. His song cycle On Bunyah, written for Mark Padmore and the Britten Sinfonia setting poetry by Les Murray, premiered at London's Wigmore Hall and received a high commendation in the 2019 Paul Lowin Prize.   

 

Luke is currently working on a saxophone concerto, a new opera and chamber works. Looking further ahead Luke will compose orchestral works for European and Australian orchestras, including a new work for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in 2022 as part of their 50 Fanfares project to reopen the Sydney Opera House.

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.

“elegantly creepy, defiantly cool … Styles' music swirls, hums, and draws us inexorably into the dark heart of power” 

 

Charlotte Valori, Bachtrack, reviewing 'Macbeth'

 
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Photographs

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Selected video recordings

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Ned Kelly (trailer)

2017/18

 

Samuel Dundas (baritone)

West Australian Symphony Orchestra 

Chris van Tuinen (conductor)

Perth Festival, 2019

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Trussed

2020

 

David Flynn (double bass)

 

Canberra Symphony Orchestra, 2020

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Macbeth (clip)

2014/15

 

Ed Ballard (baritone)

Aidan Coburn (tenor)

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Glyndebourne Chorus

Jeremy Bines (conductor)

Glyndebourne Opera, 2015

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Bound

2019

 

Emily Earl (violin)

 

Royal Academy of Music, London, 2020

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Handspun

2011/12

 

Louise McMonagle (cello)

Ilona Jantti (dancer)

 

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 2012

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Bodice and Ribbons

2015

 

Inventi Ensemble

 

Melbourne Recital Centre, 2015

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Neon Highway

2018/19

 

Sarah Roper (oboe)

Ensemble Taller Sonoro

Timothy Phillips (conductor)

 

Espacio Turino, Seville, 2020

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How They Creep

2011

 

Alexandra Hutton (soprano)

Ashlyn Tymms (mezzo-soprano)

Tait Chamber Orchestra

Jessica Cottis (conductor)

 

St. John's Smith Square, London, 2016

 
 

Selected audio recordings

On Bunyah

On Bunyah (selection)

2018

Mark Padmore (tenor)

Britten Sinfonia

Chasing the Nose

Chasing The Nose

2012

Ensemble Amorpha

Tangent

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Vanity (Sonnet 138)

2012

Stuart Jackson (tenor) James Platt (baritone)
Matthew Truscott (violin)
Glyndebourne Chorus
Jeremy Bines

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Interminable Prelude

2006

David Pennetzdorfer 
(cello)

Rebekka Markowski 
(cello)

Martin Henneken  (cello)

Slogan 1

Slogan 1

2008/9

Alex Wood (violin)

Fiona Winning (viola)

 

Discography

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Moonscraper (Slogan 1; Parallax of Mars; Bodice and Ribbons; Bound; Interminable Prelude)

Alex Wood, Fiona Winning, Enno Senft, Ben Opie, Peter Clark, Phoebe Green, Paul Zabrowarny, Emily Earl, Martin Henneken, Rebekka Marowski, David Pennetzdorfer

13oder14 records, 2020

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The Girls Who Wished To Marry Stars (2013)

Juice Vocal Ensemble

Tangent

NMC Recordings, 2014