Anthony Lyons - biography


Anthony Lyons is an Australian composer and performer whose diverse output includes work for orchestra, chamber ensemble, bands, EDM, installation and multimedia based projects. Much of his work is particularly focused towards hybrid-arts collaborations. He studied composition under composers Mark Pollard, Julian Yu and Stuart Greenbaum at the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne. He has also spent time at IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique / Musique) in Paris studying electronic music.

Anthony has had compositions performed, recorded and broadcast in Australia and internationally. His compositional style tends to pursue beauty of line, sonority and site-specific context, drawing from both popular and art music traditions. Electronic and sampled elements are also a feature of many of his compositions and reveal an interest in pulse, loop-based structures, drone, glitch and microsound elements.

Performance highlights of his work have included the orchestral piece The Surge, The Sounds, The Pull by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, as well as a suite of electroacoustic compositions performed at the Electundra Audio-Visual Festival and the Melbourne International Film Festival. A new work for orchestra, Quelques Cercles was premiered recently at the Melbourne Recital Centre. Other highlights have included the electroacoustic compositions of his Bach/Lyons Project performed in Denmark, research and performance at IRCAM, France, and the piano/electronics work Trace Elements performed with Sonya Lifschitz at Melbourne’s ASTRA chamber music concert series as well as with Michael Kieran Harvey at the ICMC/Totally Huge New Music Festival.

Anthony has been a contributor and reviewer for the Australian Music Centre’s online journal Resonate. He is involved in various collaborations including Danish composer Anders Bach and the Bach/Lyons Project, Australian electronic visual artist Aimee Chapman, pianist Sonya Lifschitz and the award-winning poet Nathan Curnow. Anthony is a passionate teacher/academic and he is Lecturer in Interactive Composition in the Faculty of the VCA/MCM at the University of Melbourne.