Alex Turley is an Australian composer specialising in acoustic and mixed media concert works, orchestration, theatre 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 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. 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 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

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. 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

“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