James Ledger’s first string quartet, Processions, was commissioned by the Australian String Quartet in 2011. He is a versatile composer with a breadth of work spanning chamber ensemble, solo works and orchestral music, and is well-known to Australian concertgoers.
He has been composer-in-residence with the West Australian, Adelaide and Christchurch (NZ) Symphony Orchestras and at the Australian National Academy of Music, the Australian Festival of Chamber Music (Townsville) and the Four Winds Festival (Bermagui). He has won APRA Art Music Awards for his violin concerto Golden Years and the orchestral work Chronicles.
Ledger enjoys an ongoing collaboration with songwriter Paul Kelly. Their song-cycle Conversations with Ghosts won an ARIA award in 2013. In 2015 the Sydney and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras simultaneously premiered War Music for choir and orchestra, with text by Kelly.
He is currently lecturer in composition at the School of Music at the University of Western Australia.
“James Ledger has established an impressive reputation as a symphonic composer, and his foray in the rarefied world of string quartet is a triumph.” – The Australian
See the Australian String Quartet perform James Ledger’s new work in their third National Season tour, Schubert Ledger Shostakovich, and Mornings with the ASQ, Friday 28 September at UKARIA Cultural Centre, South Australia.