David John Lang is an Australian composer living in Adelaide. He writes music for orchestras, choirs, singers and instrumentalists, always seeking to create art that is inventive, thoughtful and heartfelt. His music often reflects his love of storytelling, his Christian faith, his whimsical sense of humour, and an instinct for drama.
David’s music exists thanks to the support of many other musicians. He has been commissioned by many local ensembles (including the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Youth Orchestra, and Adelaide Chamber Singers), but his music has also been performed in the USA, Canada and Germany. In 2016, David spent several weeks in Alaska on a Composing in the Wilderness course, and in 2012 he attended the Atlantic Music Festival in Maine.
David studied composition at the Elder Conservatorium of Music in Adelaide, where his mentors included Graeme Koehne, David Harris, John Polglase, Charles Bodman Rae and Anne Cawrse. He was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Music Composition in 2019, for a portfolio of compositions that explored the storytelling potential of variation form in instrumental music.