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The music of Perth composer Alex Turley has been described as “yearning...illustrative” (Classic Melbourne), “rich and lush” (Argo) and “unapologetically pretty” (Partial Durations). Turley's works have most recently been commissioned by the Melbourne and West Australian Symphony Orchestras, Perth's minimalism specialists Intercurrent, and Brisbane's immersive art music collective Argo. He has also written for Soundstream CollectiveVoyces, Naya Chorale, Tasmanian Symphony OrchestraPerth Symphony Orchestra, Maverick Saxophone Quartet, and Grey Wing Ensemble.

If you’re going to do something, do it well. This might be the ethos of the young Perth-based composer Alex Turley
— Partial Durations

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. The work was commissioned with support from the Cybec Foundation. Other recent awards include the Penrith Symphony Orchestra's Young Composer Award in 2016, DCA Young People and the Arts Grant (2016), Joondalup Arts in Focus Composition Prize (2014), First Prize in the Voyces ‘Aspire’ Competition (2014), and Best Film Soundtrack in the Revel8 Film Festival (2013). Turley's music has been featured on ABC Classic FM, 3MBS (Melbourne) and RTRFM (Perth). 

 

Turley holds a degree in Composition and Music Technology with First Class Honours from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, where he was awarded the Winstanley Award for graduating with top marks. He has participated in festivals and workshops including the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Composer School (2017), Soundstream Emerging Composers Forum (2016), CYBEC 21st Century Australian Composer Program (2015), WASO EChO Project (2014), Ku-Ring-Gai Philharmonic Workshop (2016), and Gondwana Choral Composer School (2014).

 

A full artist CV is available here.