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Based in Melbourne, Australia, Lewis is a composer primarily working within the fields of notated acoustic music and electroacoustic music. His work expands from a conceptual drive quite often inspired by urban life and landscape, as well as evocative imagery and narrative based on human experience and anthropomorphism. Recent highlights in Lewis’ compositional output include works for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Ensemble Offspring, following numerous works for a diverse range of new music practitioners both locally and internationally.
Lewis’ compositions focus on exploring the textural and timbral capabilities of instruments within solo and ensemble contexts. His sensitivity to orchestration and the finer details of his music allows each work to deeply relate and respond to the concepts they’re drawn from. Underneath his infatuation with extended techniques, Lewis’ compositions offer slowly evolving progressions with a particular emphasis on singular gestures.
Lewis completed his Masters of Music (Composition) degree at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music under the tutelage of Elliott Gyger in 2020. This follows the completion of a Graduate Diploma in Music (Composition) in 2016, also at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, under the tutelage of Stuart Greenbaum and Julian Yu.
In early 2021 Lewis will have a new work for solo countertenor premiered after being selected as a composer in the Inaugural Solo Performer Commissioning Competition (commissioned by the Melbourne Composers’ League and Panoramic Music). In 2020, Lewis had a new composition premiered by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as part of the Cybec 21st Century Young Composers Program. This follows the recent premiere of a new work by Ensemble Offspring as part of their 2019 Hatched Academy program, and being named the 2018 Grainger Museum Composer-in-Residence, an appointment which involved the commission of a soundscape to accompany an exhibition in the Grainger Museum.
Within the academic environment, Lewis has proven himself highly adept as a tutor and lecturer of music theory and is currently employed as a casual music theory tutor at the University of Melbourne. Lewis offers expert music theory tuition at both tertiary and secondary levels.
Lewis is a regular contributor to CutCommon Magazine, a role which allows him to further share his interest in new music presented by Australian composers and ensembles. You can find some of Lewis' articles on CutCommon's website: https://www.cutcommonmag.com.