Lewis Ingham is a Melbourne-based composer of contemporary classical music who mostly draws inspiration from his experiences, observations, and interest in urban life and landscapes. His compositions have been performed locally in Australia, and in the USA. Initially completing his undergraduate degree in screen composition at Box Hill Institute, Lewis has since completed a Graduate Diploma in Music (Composition) at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music under the tutelage of Stuart Greenbaum and Julian Yu. Lewis is currently a Master of Music (Composition) student at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music under the supervision of Elliott Gyger. Lewis has received awards for his academic ability, his ability as a film composer, and graduated from both his bachelors degree and graduate diploma with first-class honours.
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.
In 2019, Lewis will compose a new work for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as part of the Cybec 21st Century Young Composers Program. He will also compose a new work for Ensemble Offspring as a successful applicant of the 2019 Hatched Academy Composer Summer School.
Late in 2018, Lewis had the opportunity to workshop an orchestral composition with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra led by conductor Benjamin Northey. This opportunity provided invaluable insight and experience into orchestral composing, a medium Lewis hopes to continue to work within throughout his career. 2018 was a particularly eventful year for Lewis, who was appointed as the 2018 Grainger Museum Composer in Residence and commissioned to compose a soundscape for the exhibition: Objects of Fame: Nellie Melba and Percy Grainger. This appointment followed recent commissions for Elliott Hughes’ augmented trumpet and Kitty Xiao's Six Piano Collective. In 2017, Lewis was a resident composer at the 2017 Charlotte New Music Festival (NC, USA); this followed a major project, A Storm, A City, a composition for solo cello and electronics performed by cellist Nikki Edgar with immersive visuals created by Lewis.
On top of his composing, 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.
To enquire about commissions, existing pieces, scores, or for arranging services; please contact Lewis.
Film & Multimedia Scoring
Lewis is the founder of the film and multimedia scoring business Musical Wallpaper. Musical Wallpaper offers professional scoring services for films, advertisements, corporate videos and installations. Please visit the "Musical Wallpaper" section of this website to find out more about Musical Wallpaper.
Lewis offers expert music theory tuition for VCE and tertiary music students. Please visit the "Teaching" section of this website to find out more on pricing and availability.