BIO


Alex Turley is an Australian composer specialising in acoustic and electroacoustic concert works, orchestration, theatre and installation. Alex’s music has been described as “unapologetically pretty” (Partial Durations), “rich and lush” (Argo), and “seductively atmospheric” (Atlanta Symphony).

Ensembles which have commissioned or performed Alex’s concert music include the MelbourneAtlanta, Tasmanian, West Australian, Perth, Ku-Ring-Gai, and Penrith Symphony Orchestras, Intercurrent, Argo, the Viney-Grinberg Piano Duo, Soundstream CollectiveGolden Gate Brass, Grey Wing Ensemble, Maverick Saxophone Quartet, Voyces and Naya Chorale. In 2018 Alex was composer-in-residence with Forest Collective.

Alex and conductor Elena Schwarz with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

Alex and conductor Elena Schwarz with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra

City of Ghosts (2015) was selected by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra to be performed in the 2016 Metropolis New Music Festival, under the baton of leading American conductor and six time Grammy award winner Robert Spano, who then led the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in a repeat performance to critical acclaim. 

In his work for theatre, Alex creates highly stylised, bespoke sound design that is closely sculpted to the emotional intensity of a production. His work for the Blue Room Theatre’s 2018 production of Minus One Sister was described as “organic and edgy” (Stage Whispers), having “audience members on the edge of their seat and almost in tears” (Dircksey) and a “soundtrack you want to go home and download.” (Out in Perth), while his work on the 2016 production of TILT was described as “an eclectic composition of sounds…integral to the excellence of the piece” (Pelican).

“City of Ghosts” is cinematic in its approach, and Turley has deftly painted a coherent, pictoral sound world that is full of suspense... a brilliant piece of music”
— Jon Ross, Atlanta Journal Constitution

As an orchestrator, Alex’s credits include Eskimo Joe with WASO and the Sydney Symphony, Lucy Durack with WASO, Anthony Callea with the Perth Symphony Orchestra, A Tribute to David Bowie with the Perth Symphony Orchestra, Nico: Songs They Never Play on the Radio with Forest Collective, and Swing on This with WASO.

Alex holds a degree in Composition and Music Technology with First Class Honours from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, and is a current Masters candidate at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.