Luke Styles Composer
David Flynn Double Bass
Trussed explores the idea of being constrained, musically and by the strings on the bass. The composer sees the work as the seed of a bass concerto and a companion to another short solo work, Bound for violin.
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Luke Styles is a British-Australian composer, the first Glyndebourne Young Composer in Residence and the first composer in residence at the Foundling Museum since Handel. His operas have been performed on the famous Glyndebourne main stage, as well as the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He recently completed his first Australian opera, Ned Kelly, which premiered to critical acclaim at the 2019 Perth Festival.
Luke’s song cycle On Bunjah, a setting of poetry by Les Murray written for Mark Padmore and the Britten Sinfonia, recently premiered at the Wigmore Hall in London. He is currently working on a large-scale dance work and a symphonic song cycle. Other upcoming works include orchestral works for European and Australian orchestras, including a new work for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s 50 Fanfares project to reopen the Sydney Opera House in 2022.
Luke received a high commendation in the 2019 Paul Lowin Prize. Luke is published by G.Schirmer/Wise Music and represented by IMG Artists.
David Flynn, Double Bass
David Flynn took up classical guitar at a young age, going on to study a Bachelor of Music at the Australian National University. He switched his major from classical guitar to double bass after taking up the latter instrument as a second study with Max McBride. David went on to post-graduate studies in double bass at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Kees Boersma. In 1998, he was a double bass member of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra’s Sinfonia fellowship program.
David first appeared with the CSO as a mandolin soloist for the 1993 Prom Concert. He played double bass with the orchestra between 1993 – 2001, including as Principal Double Bass for the 2000 Midwinter Classics Series. David then pursued a business career before returning to professional performance in 2013. He has performed regularly with the CSO since then, including as acting Principal Double Bass and with the CSO Chamber Orchestra.
David has performed with the Canberra Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Tasmanian Symphony and the Australian Opera and Ballet orchestras, as well as with Guitar Trek and a number of Sydney ensembles. He has also taught guitar and double bass in Canberra. David has been a member of the CSO administrative team since 2014 and is currently Ticketing Manager.
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