Glyndebourne appoints new Young Composer in Residence
Glyndebourne has announced the appointment of UK-based composer Luke Styles as its new Young Composer in Residence.
Styles, aged 28, has been selected from 68 applicants and a strong final shortlist of seven candidates. He takes up the appointment in September 2011 for two years, with an option for a third year.
'Luke is one of this country’s most exciting young composers and his particular interest in opera and music theatre, as well as his natural flair in writing for voices, make him ideally suited to this position. Glyndebourne has a long standing reputation for encouraging and developing young artists and this role will allow Luke to develop his skills as an operatic composer by immersing himself in our work, learning more about the creation of opera productions, and undertaking a number of small scale commissions for the company.' - David Pickard, General Director of Glyndebourne
Styles will begin his residency by supporting A-level composition students from Lewes and Lambeth who are taking part in Glyndebourne’s The Cunning Little Vixen, an education project led by previous Composer in Residence Julian Philips. He will compose a piece for the new Glyndebourne Youth Company in 2012, and make a significant creative input in 2013 to the Jerwood Programme, which gives rising stars from Glyndebourne Chorus the chance to perform solo roles.
Styles will also have the opportunity to propose his own ideas. He says: ‘I have been making theatre with music since I began composing and have always seen opera as the natural goal of my composing. I’m therefore delighted that I will be given the chance to explore my musical and theatrical ambitions at Glyndebourne, gaining full exposure and experience in the workings of opera and having such a fantastic platform to contribute new exciting work.'
His music has been performed throughout the world at leading festivals by some of contemporary music’s premiere musicians, including the BBC Singers, the Kreutzer Quartet, members of Ensemble Modern, Lontano, Sarah Nicolls, Alexandra Wood and Ensemble Amorpha.
He has been the recipient of numerous awards and commissions. He currently teaches composition at Junior Trinity, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and is Artistic Director of Ensemble Amorpha.
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Luke Styles: Biography
Luke Styles is a UK based composer whose music has been performed throughout the world at leading festivals by contemporary music’s premiere musicians. This has included performances by the BBC Singers, the Kreutzer Quartet, members of Ensemble Modern, Lontano, Sarah Nicolls, Alexandra Wood and Ensemble Amorpha amongst many others.
Luke’s music has featured at festivals such as the Wien Modern, Tete a Tete Opera Festival, Darmstadt International Festival for New Music, Deal Festival, Next Generation Festival Karlsruhe, Darbar Festival, ISCM Festival Vienna, Park Lane Group 50th Anniversary concert series, Sonic Arts Network Expo, Karlsruhe Silent Film Festival and Berio Ommagio amongst others. Luke’s music has also received radio broadcasts in Germany (SWR2), England (BBC3) and Australia (ABC).
Luke undertook a Bachelor of Music (composition) degree at the Royal Academy of Music London (graduating with honours in 2005). Following this initial training Luke’s postgraduate studies have taken him to study 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 has been the recipient of numerous awards and commissions including, 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, join RVW Trust and Britten-Pears Foundation commission, Prize Winner ‘Remasterpiece’ Competition 2006, Sonic Arts Network Expo 2005 commission, Young Australian Composer of the Asian Composers League (2003), Associate composer of the Australian Music Centre, 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 has also been part of the 2010/2011 Jerwood Opera Writing Programme at Aldeburgh Music.
He currently teaches composition at Junior Trinity in Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and is Artistic Director of Ensemble Amorpha.
“A Fetus in America, a brash and vibrant satire by Luke Styles (music) and Peter Cant (text)...what we heard certainly had pizzazz.
Seeds of opera’s future are being sown here. Let’s hope that some of them are nurtured to the next stage of growth.” - Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph 09.08.2011
“challenging, engrossing and individually-voiced” 16.08.09 premiere of Previously, Now and Before for Two, at Wilton’s Music Hall, London, www.musicalpointers.co.uk
About the Composer in Residence scheme
Glyndebourne’s Composer in Residence scheme gives a young composer the opportunity to immerse themselves in the work of an international opera house in order to further their own work in opera and music theatre, and to benefit Glyndebourne and the wider community through their creative skills. The selected composer observes and takes part in the Chorus Development Scheme, joins in the rehearsal process for a Festival or Tour production, and has access to a creative/production team. Commissions during the residency might include work for Chorus Development Scheme, Youth Opera and Education Projects. Julian Philips was Glyndebourne’s first Composer in Residence between 2006 and 2009.