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Edmund Finnis - Composer

Edmund Finnis is a London-based composer whose music is performed internationally. He has enjoyed particularly close associations with both the London Sinfonietta - who have variously performed, toured and recorded six of his works, including three that they commissioned (VeneerUnfolds and Seeing is Flux) - and the London Contemporary Orchestra (LCO), with whom he is currently Composer-in-Association.

Recent works include Shades Lengthen (a violin concerto for Benjamin Beilman and LCO, shortlisted for an RPS Music Award); Parallel Colour (for Birmingham Contemporary Music Group); a string orchestra piece, Between Rain (LCO); a long electronic piece called Point Blank Light; and a piece for cello with reverb, Across White Air, written for Oliver Coates. Upcoming projects include a solo violin piece for Daniel Pioro and a new orchestral work for the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra’s 2016/17 season.

Other works have been commissioned and/or performed by London Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra (MusicNOW series), New College Choir Oxford, Spitalfields Festival, Cross Linx Festival (Netherlands), the Mercury Quartet, and the British Film Institute (to compose with Max de Wardener and Elysian Quartet an original score for the 1929 Eisenstein film, The General Line). Other performers of his work include leading young instrumentalists - Mark Simpson, Aisha Orazbayeva, Liam Byrne, Víkingur Ólafsson - and conductors that include Sian Edwards, Diego Masson, Francois-Xavier Roth, Vasily Petrenko, Baldur Brönnimann, Nicholas Collon, Garry Walker and Ken-David Masur.

Finnis received a Leonard Bernstein Fellowship to study at Tanglewood and his previous teachers have included Julian Anderson and Rozalie Hirs. He has taken part in courses and schemes led or mentored by George Benjamin, Kaija Saariaho, Oliver Knussen, John Harbison, Simon Holt. He worked as an amanuensis for the late Jonathan Harvey, and holds a doctorate from the Guildhall School of Music.

Finnis received a Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Artists in 2012. He was Composer-in-Residence at the 2013 Chelsea Music Festival in New York City, and recently became a Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music. 

January 2017