The music of Australian composer Alex Turley has been described as “finely atmospheric” (RealTime), “rich and lush” (Argo) and “unapologetically pretty” (Partial Durations). Alex has most recently been working with the Melbourne, Sydney and West Australian Symphony Orchestras, Perth's minimalism specialists Intercurrent, and Brisbane's immersive art music collective Argo. In 2018 Alex is composer in residence with Forest Collective (Melbourne). He has also written for Soundstream Collective (Adelaide), Tasmanian Symphony OrchestraVoyces (Perth), Naya Chorale (Perth), Penrith Symphony OrchestraPerth Symphony Orchestra and Grey Wing Ensemble (Perth).

  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. 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. Alex's music has been broadcast on ABC Classic FM, 3MBS (Melbourne) and RTRFM (Perth). 

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. He has participated in festivals and workshops including the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Composer School (2017), Soundstream Emerging Composers Forum (2016), Ku-Ring-Gai Philharmonic Workshop (2016), CYBEC 21st Century Australian Composer Program (2015) and WASO EChO Project (2014).


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