James Ledger


  • The University of Western Australia (M413), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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James Ledger is a composer with a breadth of work spanning solo, chamber and orchestral music. His first orchestral work Indian Pacificfrom 1996, is regularly performed around Australia. He has held residencies with the West Australian, Adelaide and Christchurch (NZ) Symphony Orchestras, the Australian National Academy of Music and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. He has received commissions from Australia’s leading ensembles including the Melbourne, Sydney and Tasmanian symphony orchestras, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Australian String Quartet.

He has won APRA Art Music Awards for his violin concerto Golden Years (2014) and the orchestral work Chronicles (2010)In 2012, he collaborated with songwriter Paul Kelly on Conversations with Ghosts.The resultant album won an ARIA award. 2019 saw the premiere of Thirteen Ways to Look at Birds- a new song-cycle by Ledger and Kelly. After premiering at the Adelaide Festival, Birdswent onto Mona Foma (Launceston) and Perth Festivals as well as Sydney and Melbourne. The album won Ledger and Kelly their second ARIA award.

Ledger currently lectures in composition Conservatorium of Music at the University of Western Australia. 2020 sees a new work for the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and an electronic album. 

For more information please visit jamesledger.com


Ledger, James Abandoned drive-in - 2002
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Ledger, James All hail the machine : for bass clarinet and live - 2011
ISMN: 979-0-720132-88-4

Ledger, James Arcs and planes 2009
ISMN: 979-0-67309-783-4

Ledger, James Bell weather - 2008
ISMN: 979-0-67309-592-2

Ledger, James Chronicles - 2009
ISMN: 979-0-67309-768-1

Ledger, James Crossing the ditch - 2005
ISMN: 979-0-67309-593-9

Ledger, James Devils on the underground : for trumpet and live - 2010
ISMN: 979-0-720156-95-8

Ledger, James Fall from grace - 2003
ISMN: 979-0-67309-594-6

Ledger, James Folk Song / James Ledger - 2007
ISMN: 979-0-67309-604-2

Ledger, James Golden years : concerto for violin and orchestra - 2013
ISMN: 979-0-720144-11-5

Ledger, James Habits of creatures - 2004
ISMN: 979-0-67309-595-3

Ledger, James Horn concerto - 2005
ISMN: 979-0-67309-596-0

Ledger, James Igor's drum. - 2013
ISMN: 979-0-720145-83-9

Ledger, James In orbit - 2011
ISMN: 979-0-720125-54-1

Ledger, James Inscriptions : for piano trio - 2006
ISMN: 979-0-67309-597-7

Ledger, James Line drawing - 2005
ISMN: 979-0-67309-598-4

Ledger, James Madness and death of King Ludwig - 2007
ISMN: 979-0-67309-579-3

Ledger, James Mean ol' world - 2004
ISMN: 979-0-67309-599-1

Ledger, James Neon - 2010
ISMN: 979-0-67309-776-6

Ledger, James News, weather and dreams - 2014
ISMN: 979-0-720152-74-5

Ledger, James Outposts : concerto for bassoon and orchestra - 2010
ISMN: 979-0-720125-51-0

Ledger, James Peeling - 2004
ISMN: 979-0-67309-601-1

Ledger, James Processions : for string quartet - 2011
ISMN: 979-0-720125-50-3

Ledger, James Prophecy songs : for voice and ensemble - 2008
ISMN: 979-0-720125-52-7

Ledger, James Quickening : for vibraphone and live electronics - 2010
ISMN: 979-0-720128-69-6

Ledger, James Rashomon confessions - 2009
ISMN: 979-0-720125-55-8

Ledger, James Restless night - 2008
ISMN: 979-0-67309-603-5

Ledger, James See how they run : for solo violin and portable CD or MP3 player - 2012
ISMN: 979-0-720145-66-2

Ledger, James Trumpet concerto - 2007
ISMN: 979-0-67309-602-8

Ledger, James Two fanfares for brass - 2005
ISMN: 979-0-67309-605-9

Ledger, James Two memorials (for Anton Webern and John Lennon) / James Ledger. - 2011
ISMN: 979-0-720125-91-6

Richard Wagner Vorspiel und Isoldens liebestod : arrangement for voice and eleven instruments / arranged by James Ledger. - 2013
ISMN: 979-0-720135-54-0

Ledger, James When Chaplin met Einstein - 2014
ISMN: 979-0-720152-75-2

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