DR Anthony Lyons

DR Anthony Lyons


  • Composition, Music Technology, Electronic Music, Installation



  • Dr. Anthony Lyons is an Australian composer and performer whose diverse output includes work for orchestra, chamber ensemble, bands, EDM, installation and multimedia based projects. Much of his work is particularly focused towards hybrid-arts collaborations. He studied composition under composers Mark Pollard, Julian Yu and Stuart Greenbaum at the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne. His doctoral studies focused on the compositional process and an examined nexus between technology, extra-musical interaction and structural design. He has also spent time at IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique / Musique) in Paris studying electronic music.

    Lyons has had compositions performed, recorded and broadcast in Australia and internationally. His compositional style tends to pursue beauty of line, sonority and site-specific context, drawing from both popular and art music traditions. Electronic and sampled elements are also a feature of many of his compositions and reveal an interest in pulse, loop-based structures, drones, glitch and microsound elements. An active researcher and performer in electronic and electroacoustic composition, his work has been featured in festivals and conferences such as the 2013 ICMC International Computer Music Conference – International Developments in ElectroAcoustics.

    Performance highlights of his work have included the orchestral piece The Surge, The Sounds, The Pull by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, as well as a suite of electroacoustic compositions performed at the Electundra Audio-Visual Festival and the Melbourne International Film Festival.  Other highlights have included the electroacoustic compositions of his Bach/Lyons Project performed in Denmark, research and performance at IRCAM, France, and the piano/electronics work Trace Elements performed with Sonya Lifschitz at Melbourne’s ASTRA chamb   


Member of

  • Tilde New Music Festival. Committee Member 2016 -
  • Australasian Computer Music Association. Memeber 2012 -
  • International Computer Music Association. Member 2012 -
  • Alliance Française. Member 2011 -
  • IRCAM - Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/ Musique. Member 2009 -
  • Melbourne Composers League. Member 2008 -
  • Australian Music Centre. Represented Composer 2004 -
  • Australian Performing Rights Association. Writer Member 1998 -



Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2014
  • MMUS., University of Melbourne 2008
  • BMUS HONS., Victorian College of the Arts 2004
  • BA HONS., The University of Queensland 1992

Awards and honors

  • Australia Council for the Arts, 2016
  • Dorian Le Gallienne Composition Award, 2015
  • Jim Marks Scholarship, 2012
  • Australian Postgraduate Award, 2007
  • Keith and Elizabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship for Music, 2006
  • Frank Bosch Research Commission, 2004
  • Alan C. Rose Memorial Project Grant, 2004


Available for supervision

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