Daryl Buckley studied politics and history at the University of Melbourne and music at the Victorian College of the Arts. He also worked as a boilermaker’s assistant at the Naval Dockyards in Williamstown. Since 1986 he has been the Artistic Director of the ELISION Ensemble, Australia's premier and international contemporary music group. He has been responsible for the development of innovative projects in the domains of contemporary opera, site-specific installation and large-scale electro-acoustic music.
Daryl has organised over 30 international tours for ELISION from Australia to over 16 different countries, with highlights including performances at the Hebbel Theater of Berlin, the Berlin Philharmonie and Konzerthaus, Berlinerfestspiele, Wien Modern Festival, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Radio Bremen, Festival Ars Musica of Brussels, the Züricher Theater Spektakel, Saitama Arts Theatre, IRCAM as part of the Agora festival in Paris, the 50th Warsaw Autumn Festival, the Chekov International Theatre Festival of Moscow, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Ultima Festival Oslo and a concert series at Kings Place, London.
In the Australian arts sector, Daryl was responsible for the genesis of the New Music Network in Sydney in 1995 and, in cooperation with six other arts companies, successfully advocated for the construction of the Judith Wright Centre in Brisbane.