Alex Turley is an Australian composer whose work explores the subtleties of musical texture through a fine atmospheric lens. Praised as ‘brilliantly accessible’ (Atlanta Journal-Constitution) and possessing a ‘refined sense of texture and atmosphere’ (Partial Durations), his music has garnered international recognition in the art music space. Alex works on the unceded land of the Boonwurrung and Wurundjeri people.
Alex’s music has been commissioned by the Sydney, Melbourne and Darwin Symphony Orchestras, Forest Collective, Intercurrent, Soundstream Collective, Argo, Grey Wing Ensemble, Golden Gate Brass, Voyces, Naya Chorale and community groups across five continents. He has collaborated with the likes of Eskimo Joe, Lucy Durack and Anthony Callea and scored theatrical productions at The Blue Room Theatre, Theatre Works, kxt bAKEHOUSE and Studio Underground WA.
Alex is the 2022 Cybec Young Composer-in-residence with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Recent work includes Barra-róddjiba, a cross-cultural collaboration with all-woman rock band Ripple Effect and Kunibidji elders, and new pieces for multi-composer initiatives The ANAM Set and Sydney Symphony’s 50 Fanfares. In 2018, Alex held composer-in-residence positions with Melbourne-based chamber outfit Forest Collective and the Kodaly Music Education Institute of Australia. His orchestral workCity of Ghosts was recently featured by Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra to critical acclaim.
Alex studied Composition and Music Technology at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts before completing a Master of Music at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2020, and is an alumnus of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Composer’s School and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Cybec program.