Born in the Middle East and raised in Melbourne, Luke Paulding is swiftly emerging as a prominent voice in Australia’s younger generation of composers.
Luke’s music has been performed and recorded throughout the UK, Ireland, France, the Middle East, Singapore and across much of Australia, by leading musicians and ensembles such as the Melbourne and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras, ELISION Ensemble, Speak Percussion, Namascae Lemanic Modern Ensemble (France/Switzerland), ensemble interface(Germany), Aria Co., Quiver and Kupka’s Piano. He has received commissions from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, ELISION Ensemble, Speak, Chamber Made Opera, the Australian National Academy of Music, the Victorian College of the Arts, the Musical Society of Victoria, and his music has featured at the Edinburgh Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Melbourne Fringe, Metropolis Festival, Totally Huge New Music Festival and Castlemaine Festival. Also a trained pianist and tubist, Luke is a founding member and co-director of new music ensemble, Quiver, dedicated to innovative performances of contemporary art music.
In addition to composing concert music, Luke is passionate about collaborations with other artists and organisations on theatre, film, mixed-media and experimental art projects, such as the Melbourne Theatre Company, Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Aphids, Theatreworks, and La Mama Theatre. His original music/sound-designs for theatre in particular are highly acclaimed and have attracted several Green Room Award nominations.
Luke has received support from the Australian Council for the Arts, the Cybec Foundation, Besen Family Foundation, IETM (international network for contemporary performing arts) and the Royaumont Foundation (France). His teachers have included Brian Ferneyhough, Liza Lim, Brett Dean, Chris Dench and David Young. Luke is currently a Masters (Research) candidate at the University of Melbourne.
Luke is represented by the Australian Music Centre (http://www.australianmusiccentre.com.au/artist/paulding-luke)