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Alex Turley is a Sydney-based composer specialising in acoustic and mixed media concert works, orchestration, theatrical sound design and collaborative media. Alex’s music has been described as “finely atmospheric” (RealTime), “rich and lush” (Argo) and “unapologetically pretty” (Partial Durations). Ensembles which have commissioned or premiered Alex’s music include the MelbourneSydney, Atlanta, 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 is composer in residence with Forest Collective (Melbourne).

  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. Spano will conduct the work again with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in 2019. 

There’s something really special about the sound worlds [Turley] manages to create, with his music focusing in on atmospheric textures, vivid colours and slowly evolving gestures.
— Argo

 Alex holds a degree in Composition and Music Technology with First Class Honours from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, and is currently studying at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Recent awards include the Henderson Scholarship from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Young Composer Award from the Penrith Symphony Orchestra, the Winstanley Award from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Joondalup Arts in Focus Composition Prize, First Prize in Voyces ‘Aspire’, and Best Film Soundtrack in the Revel8 Film Festival