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Leah Blankendaal : Associate Artist

My practice is built on the idea of holding space: both for sound and with sound, for the listener and with the listener. There is a quiet love in holding space for those sharing an experience and I’m interested in that place of reverence.

Photo of Leah Blankendaal

Photo: Emma Luker

"It will be very interesting to hear what comes next from the inventive mind of Leah Blankendaal"


Leah Blankendaal is a multi-award-winning performance maker and sound artist, whose work explores stasis, light and space. Focused body autonomy, gender and transformation, her language is "kind, immersive and thoughtful," and offers "us space to breathe and to be." (Music Trust, 2020).

Blankendaal's diverse practice spans concert music, installation and improvisation. At home as a performer and creator of experimental sound, Blankendaal has worked with leading ensembles such as Quince Ensemble (USA), Duo Alterity (USA), Rubiks Collective (VIC), Luminescence Chamber Singers (ACT), Tura New Music and STRUT Dance (WA), Soundstream (SA). Recent engagement include premiers at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Australian International Computer Music Conference (VIC), Connecticut Summerfest (USA); and performances at Make It Up Club (VIC) Ainslie Art Centre On Location Festival (ACT), and praxis ARTSPACE (SA). Her work has toured Europe, South East Asia, USA and New Zealand.

Blankendaal has received multiple awards including the ABC Classic Composer Commissioning Fund, APRA AMCOS 2020 Art Music Fund Commission, the 2020 Peggy Glanville Hicks Commission, and the 2017 Australian Music Centre Classical: Next Fellowship. She has received grants from ABC Classic, Arts ACT, Arts SA, the Music Development Office (SA), APRA AMCOS, Monash University and Country Arts SA.

Blankendaal is a represented artist with the Australian Music Centre. She released her first solo album, Alongside, Amongst, Against in September 2020.

Leah Blankendaal — current to September 2023

Studied with

Johanna Selleck


Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Music for a Sleeping City (trios: percussion, violin, cello) (2019) Commissioned by Creative Original Music Adelaide for performance by COMA Ensemble.