Luke Styles is a UK based composer and artistic director whose music has been performed throughout the world at leading festivals by contemporary music's premiere musicians. This has included performances by the BBC Singers, the Kreutzer Quartet, members of Ensemble Modern, Lontano, Sarah Nicolls and Ensemble Amorpha amongst many others.
Luke's music has featured at festivals such as the Wien Modern, Darmstadt International Festival for New Music, Deal Festival, Next Generation Festival Karlsruhe, Darbar Festival, ISCM Festival Vienna, Park Lane Group 50th Anniversary concert series, Sonic Arts Network Expo, Karlsruhe Silent Film Festival and Berio Ommagio amongst others. Luke's music has also received radio broadcasts in Germany (SWR2), England (BBC3) and Australia (ABC).
Luke undertook a Bachelor of Music (composition) degree at the Royal Academy of Music London (graduating with honours in 2005). Following this initial training Luke's postgraduate studies have taken him to study with Wolfgang Rihm at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe, Germany, with George Benjamin at King's College London and with Detlev Müller-Siemens at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Vienna.
Luke has been the recipient of numerous awards and commissions including, the Wolfgang-Rihm Scholarship from the Privatbrauerei Hoepfner 2008, an Arts Council England Study Tours Scholarship for study with George Benjamin (08/09), DAAD scholarship for 06/07, PRS New Works commission, RVW Trust commission, Prize Winner "Remasterpiece" Competition 2006, Sonic Arts Network Expo 2005 commission, Young Australian Composer of the Asian Composers League (2003), Associate composer of the Australian Music Centre, Mosco Carner Composition Award winner (2001-2003), Lena P Green Award (2004), Pullen Memorial Prize (2005), Moscow International Schnittke composition competition 2nd place winner (2002), 24th International Competition of Electro acoustic Music Russolo finalist (Italy 2002) and Australasian Performing Rights Association Professional Development Award winner.
Luke has been awarded schoarships to take part in various courses throughout Europe and Asia where he has worked with composers such as Brian Ferneyhough, Marco Stroppa and Gunnar Eriksson.
"challenging, engrossing and individually-voiced" 16.08.09 premiere of Previously, Now and Before for Two, at Wilton's Music Hall, London, www.musicalpointers.co.uk