ComposersGraeme Leak

Collaborating on The ANAM Set with ANAM musician Alexander Meagher VIC percussion

Graeme Leak studied piano and percussion in Sydney, New York and Melbourne. He works as a composer, music director, collaborator and instrument maker with both professional musicians and community performers in Australia and internationally. Career highlights include tours with The Spaghetti Western Orchestra to Montreal Jazz Festival and the Royal Albert Hall; premiering over 100 solo and ensemble works with contemporary music groups Flederman and Synergy; and playing for Olivier Messiaen at the Sydney Opera House in 1988.

Graeme has written over 50 works for instruments and voices, including commissions for the 2006 Commonwealth Games and the 2013 Canberra Centenary. Recent works include Spirit Rising (2018) for string-can orchestra with multiple community groups as guest performers, and The Exquisite Now (2019) for groups of any number for Museums Victoria.

Graeme is also in demand as adirector and music leader. He devises productions that involve a mix of composing, instrument making, collaborating and workshopping with groups of all ages, skill levels and from all walks of life. Events include ‘Raising the Roof’ (2012) with 300 diverse participants for Arts Centre Melbourne and an ongoing collaboration since 2017 with the small town of Girgarre, Victoria, creating a tin-can orchestra known as ‘Girgarre Junkestra’.

Graeme has devised and produced one off special events in Australia for Melbourne Recital Centre, the Melbourne Festival, Ten Days on the Island Tasmania, the Queensland Music Festival and in the UK for the Watford Colosseum, Cornerstone Arts Centre and East Neuk Festival.

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