“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 and currently the Glyndebourne Young Composer in Residence . In this 3yr post, Luke has composed two chamber operas and two youth operas, they have been performed on the famous Glyndebourne main stage, under the baton of conductors such as Vladimir Jurowski and played by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Glyndebourne singers. Alongside this position Luke has found time to write new works for the London Sinfonietta, the 2014 Commonwealth Games and members of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Luke undertook his composition training with a Bachelor of Music (composition) degree at the Royal Academy of Music London (graduating with honours in 2005) and then went on to postgraduate studies 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.

Throughout his career Luke has been heavily involved in creating collaborative and multi-discipline works. These have included works for dancers and circus performers, in the form of Handspun, commissioned by the Royal Opera House Covent Garden and subsequently produced in Oslo, Helsinki, Prague, London and Panama City. Luke has created silent-film scores for the British Film Institute and works for musicians and actors for Kings Place and the werkraum Festival in Germany.

Luke has collaborated with many of the worlds top soloists such as horn player David Pyatt and violinist  Matthew Truscott. His music has featured at festivals including the Wien Modern, Aldeburgh Festival, Glyndebourne Festival and the Darmstadt International Festival for New Music. Major performance venues of Luke’s music include the Sydney Opera House, Glyndebourne, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Finnish Music Center and the Vienna Concert Hall.

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 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