Lisa Illean's music has been described as 'exquisitely quiet shadows shaded with microtunings' (The Sydney Morning Herald) and 'a compelling exercise in stillness and quietude' (The Australian). Works range from pieces written for orchestra to those commissioned for new prepared or adapted instruments, and sound works conceived for unique spaces. Her ensemble works have been performed by the BBC, Sydney and Melbourne symphony orchestras, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Scordatura, Octandre Ensemble and Explorensemble, among others. Her music has been featured in Melbourne's Metropolis New Music Festival (2012, 2014) and broadcast on BBC Radio 3, ABC National Radio, 3 MBS and Resonance FM. She has made site-specific work for the Arts Centre, Melbourne, and the Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver.
Lisa graduated from the Royal College of Music in 2015 with the Corbett and Hurlstone prize for outstanding achievement and is currently a Soirée d'Or Scholar on their doctoral programme. She is the recipient of a 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society prize for composition and an APRA/AMCOS Art Music Fund award.