With a vision and vocal style that is as unique as it is precise and all-embracing, Lisa Gerrard has established herself as one of the world’s most highly acclaimed film composers, winning a Golden Globe for her work on ‘Gladiator’ with Hans Zimmer.
Lisa also received an Oscar nomination for ‘Gladiator’, and she received a further two more Golden Globe nominations for her scores to ‘Ali’ and ‘The Insider’. Lisa’s film work has also included ‘Whale Rider’, which received an Oscar nomination for its lead actress and garnered Lisa an international award for the score.
Her musical journey began in the early 1980s when she and fellow Australian Brendan Perry formed duo ‘Dead Can Dance’. In 2012, the band reunited for a worldwide, sell-out tour. With nine albums released between 1984 and 1995, the duo’s musical canvas expanded with each release to take in a timeless mix of world-music influences, medieval chants, folk ballads, baroque stylings, Celtic flavours, electronics, samples and anything else that took their fancy. Several solo and collaborative albums were well received and Lisa made a natural progression to composing for films
In 2009, Lisa scored the highly acclaimed film ‘Balibo’ for which she won the 2009 Screen Music Award for Best Feature Film Score, an Aria Award and further 3 nominations. In 2010, Lisa finished her score for ‘Oranges and Sunshine’ and the controversial film ‘Tears of Gaza’. In 2011, Lisa completed the score for ‘Burning Man’ which won her Best Music Score at the 2011 Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards.
In 2013, Lisa performed the principal vocal role in leading European film composer Zbigniew Preisner’s poignant concert piece, ‘Diaries of Hope’, inspired by diaries and poems of Polish children who were victims of the Holocaust. This was premiered both in Wroclaw, Poland and at the Barbican in London. Lisa’s vocal performances continue to be heard across the world, with her most recently appearing alongside the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in performances of ‘Gladiator Live’ at The Royal Albert Hall in London.
In 2016 Lisa collaborated with James Orr on the score for Paul Currie’s up-coming thriller ‘2 22’. She also collaborated with Marcello De Francisci on the score for the film ‘Jane Got a Gun’, directed by Gavin O’Connor and starring Natalie Portman and Ewan McGregor.