|Date of birth||8 October 1959|
|Occupation||Arranger, Composer, Conductor, Teacher|
|Categories||Aleatoric, Classical, Contemporary, Other, Sacred, World|
Stephen Leek’s distinctive music is immediately recognizable - capturing the dramas, rhythms, stories, colours and ethos of Australia. Over the past two and a half decades he has particularly made a significant contribution to the development of Australian choral composition and performance, and how that has been performed, promoted and discussed throughout the world. Over the years Leek has worked extensively in a variety of areas including dance music, music for education, music in the community, as well as in concert hall music, and has been a pioneer in developing composer residencies within Australia. From 1997 – 2009 Leek was joint founder, and then Artistic Director/Conductor, of The Australian Voices, an elite ensemble of young adult singers who significantly challenged and changed the landscape of choral music within Australia and abroad. Since the very early days of his career, Leek has also worked closely with Lyn Williams and the Sydney Childrens Choir and The Gondwana Choirs; Graeme Morton and the St Peters Chorale, Brisbane; and Anne Williams and the Eltham East Primary School Choir, Melbourne, to name a few of many long-term associations. Among Leek’s many accolades and awards is the prestigious Robert Edler International Prize for Choral Music, awarded to him by a panel of international Choral luminaries. Stephen Leek’s music is published by Morton Music, Oxford University Press, Boosey & Hawkes.