Born in 1982, Luke Styles has already cemented his position in the UK’s contemporary music scene as a prolific and talented composer. As well as being featured as one of our New Music Biennial composers, he is also the Glyndebourne Young Composer in Residence. His works have been performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Singers, the Kreutzer Quartet, members of Ensemble Modern, Lontano and the London Sinfonietta.
Luke was part of the 2010/2011 Jerwood Opera Writing Programme at Aldeburgh Music and is Artistic Director of Ensemble Amorpha.
We asked Luke to tell us about his experience working with the Juice Vocal Ensemble for our first ever New Music Biennial:
“Working with Juice has been an absolute pleasure. They are musicians of the highest calibre and great collaborators, always looking to get the best out of my ideas and to go beyond the dots. Juice love taking risks, and I can’t wait to see them incorporate some dance moves into the piece when we combine with professional dancers later in the year.”
What music or performances have been inspiring and exciting Luke recently?
“The music of Parliament is a real inspiration to me, it is so weird and theatrical in its presentation. Check this out for an example.”
Wagner – Gotterdammerung
“With the Wagner year in 2013 you can’t beat the Norms in Gotterdammerung for some inspiration for writing for female voices. My favourite production is by the late Patrice Chéreau with Boulez conducting.”