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 the score for ‘Gladiator’ with Hans Zimmer.
Lisa also received an Oscar nomination for ‘Gladiator’ along with two further Golden Globe Award nominations for her scores to ‘Ali’ and ‘The Insider’. Lisa’s film work also includes ‘Whale Rider’, a feature which received an Academy Award nomination 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 sell-out world 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 feature ‘Balibo’ for which she won the 2009 Screen Music Award for Best Feature Film Score, an Aria Award and 3 further nominations. In 2010 Lisa finished her score for ‘Oranges and Sunshine’ and the controversial film ‘Tears of Gaza’. In 2011 she 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, including a performances of ‘Gladiator Live’ at The Royal Albert Hall in London in 2018
In 2016 Lisa collaborated with James Orr on the score for Paul Currie’s thriller ‘2:22’. She also collaborated with Marcello De Francisci on the score for the feature ‘Jane Got a Gun’ directed by Gavin O’Connor and starring Natalie Portman and Ewan McGregor. In 2017 she completed the score with James Orr to ‘West of Sunshine’, which premiered at the Venice International Film Festival. They most recently completed scoring Channel 7 series ‘Secret Bridesmaids’ Business’.
In 2018 Lisa performed as part of ‘Gladiator Live’ in Concert with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall and as part of ‘The World of Hans Zimmer – A Symphonic Celebration’ tour. Lisa has also performed alongside Paul Grabowsky as part of the Ukaria Concerts series and ‘Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares’ following the release of their collaborative album ‘BooCheeMish’ in May 2018. Lisa and David Kuckhermann received a Grammy nomination for ‘Best New Age Album’ for ‘Hiraeth’, which was released on Besant Hall Records, sub-label of Air-Edel Records in August 2018.