“An explosion of dynamic variation, energy and exciting harmonies... Styles embroiders the verse like an illuminated tapestry in sound”. Classical Source, May 2013 on the premiere of Vanity.



Luke Styles is a UK based composer whose music has been performed throughout the world at leading festivals by contemporary music’s premiere musicians. He is currently the Glyndebourne Young Composer in Residence and his works have been performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, the BBC Singers, the Kreutzer Quartet, members of Ensemble Modern, Lontano and Ensemble Amorpha amongst many others.

Luke’s music has featured at festivals such as the Wien Modern, Aldeburgh Music Festival, Glyndebourne Festival, Tete a Tete Opera Festival, 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, a carol for the Financial Times, the Wolfgang-Rihm Scholarship from the Privatbrauerei Hoepfner 2008, an Association for Cultural Exchange Study Tours Scholarship with George Benjamin (08/09), DAAD scholarship for 06/07, PRS New Works commission, RVW Trust commission, Britten-Pears Foundation 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 scholarships to take part in various courses throughout Europe and Asia where he has worked with composers such as Brian Ferneyhough, Harrison Birtwistle, Marco Stroppa and Gunnar Eriksson. Luke was also been part of the 2010/2011 Jerwood Opera Writing Programme at Aldeburgh Music.

Luke currently teaches composition at the Junior Trinity, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, and is Artistic Director of Ensemble Amorpha.

Academic Qualifications

Master of Music (Mmus)

Kings College London (2009)

Kunstlerische Ausbildung/MA, HfM, KA (2008)


Postgraduate Diploma, mdw, Vienna (2007)


Bachelor of Music, RAM (2005)


Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music (2004)

Listen to the latest Styles recording. How They Creep, performed by the LPO and Glyndebourne. Recording courtesy of Glyndebourne, recorded as part of the Vixen Composition Project.

Footage courtesy of Glyndebourne, recorded as part of the Vixen Composition Project

Handspun, commissioned by ROH2 and premiered at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden as part of Exposure Dance, Feb 2012.

Next Concert: 1st August, 19:30am, The Girls Who Wished to Marry Stars, Juice/Tangent. Commonwealth Games, Glasgow