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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Selected audio recordings