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Ekrem Eli Phoenix is an internationally acclaimed, award winning Australian composer, singer and musical director. He specialises in voice, choral music, innovative sound technologies and ethnomusicology. With a PhD in composition from Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Phoenix has composed for and performed in major stage productions, wrote award-winning music for orchestras, choirs and ensembles as well as for film, theatre and dance in Australia and internationally.


Helpmann Award winner with Out of Chaos and twice a finalist at APRA Art Music Awards for ‘Work of The Year’, Phoenix’s notable works include opening ceremonies of Adelaide & Edinburgh International Festivals with Macro, a critically acclaimed sold-out world tour in 2023 with The Pulse, leading Cor de Noies of Palau de la Musica and The Mirror at Sydney Opera House. His art music compositions, installations and performances were showcased in prestigious events including Canberra International Art Festival, Sydney Festival, Galway International Art Festival, Spoleto Festival in Charleston, USA and La Strada Festival in Austria.


Phoenix most recently composed and led a choral project ‘Teach Me Love’ to spearhead a Christmas appeal in benefit of three child-focused charities including SCHN’s Bear Cottage. Teach Me Love was originally performed by Sydney Philharmonia’s VOX Ensemble and a children’s choir from NSW Public Schools Singers, The Arts Unit. The piece went on to receive international support with over 100 artists and musicians from around the world reinterpreting the song in music, in dance and in visual arts.


Alongside his musical pursuits, Phoenix has also taken active roles in accessible arts, assisted disadvantaged youth through creativity, and worked as a non-religious, faith-inclusive chaplain at St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Sydney, supporting patients with cancer, heart ailments and in palliative care.




Ekrem is currently working on a collection of children's songs and is committed to exploring the ways music can make a tangible impact for communities and individuals.

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