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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, Perth Symphony Orchestra, Maverick Saxophone Quartet, and Grey Wing Ensemble.

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

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, Joondalup Arts in Focus Composition Grant for Ink (2013), and First Prize in the Voyces ‘Aspire’ Competition for Watercolour (2014). Turley's original scores have featured in the Perth Fringe World FestivalMelbourne International Comedy Festival, Revel8 Film Festival, and his 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.