Luke Stoneham began composing at the age of seven. He was educated at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (junior department) in London, the University of Sussex, Brunel University, West London and the California Institute of the Arts, where his studies took him beyond music into theatre, dance, film and animation.

His 'studied-withs' are: Erika Fox, Jonathan Harvey, Michael Finnissy, Frederic Rzewski, Morton Subotnick, Peter Wiegold and Christopher Fox. He has also attended courses with Milton Babbitt, Lukas Foss, Lou Harrison, Roger Reynolds and Charles Wuorinen.

His music, which has been performed across Europe, North America, Australia and the far East, encompasses solo works, pieces for small ensembles through to symphony orchestra, and opera. He has recently started to experiment with electronics in his concert works, largely using consumer products, such as mp3 players, low tech recording equipment and the internet, and with text and installation. In 2002, he undertook research into live, real-time sampling and interactive video at Steim in Amsterdam.

Luke has also written for dance, dance-on-film, theatre and the art gallery. His work with choreographers, theatre directors and performance artists (Lucy Bailey, Mark Baldwin, Rose English, Simon Vincenzi) has taken him to Theater der Welt in Germany, Liverpool Contemporary Art Biennial, the Kunsten Festival des Arts in Brussels and the Venice Biennale. He has worked (as composer, sound designer and Musical Director) at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, Tramway in Glasgow and the South Bank Centre in London.

He has a continuing relationship with Simon Leung, visual artist and Professor of Fine Art at the University of California at Irvine; their work has been presented at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and as part of The GardenLAb Experiment in Pasadena, California. He has taught at Roosevelt University in Chicago, and is a fellow of the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire.

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Diana Ashman