Cathy Nelson Artists and Projects
The Courthouse
Hereford HR3 6AW
tel: +44 (0)1981 551903
mob: +44 (0)7740 490416

Edmund Finnis - Composer

"Edmund Finnis creates glistening, dancing music with an air of diffident mystery. It's mentally tough, often focusing on just a few elements which are carefully weighed and transformed. But the sounds themselves are delicate and glowing, with an intriguing quality of being familiar and strange at once." - Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph

Edmund Finnis is a "hugely gifted composer" (Sunday Telegraph) whose music has been hailed as "magical" (The Times), "iridescent, compelling" (The Guardian), "exquisite" (Sara Mohr-Pietsch, BBC Radio 3) and "ethereally beautiful" (Herald Scotland). His works are regularly performed and broadcast, both at home in the UK and internationally.

Finnis' multifaceted output ranges from intimate music for soloists and duets to immersive electronic pieces, music for film, ensemble music, and works for large orchestra.

He has written music for some of the leading performers of his own generation (Benjamin Beilman, Mark Simpson, Víkingur Ólafsson, Clare Hammond, Oliver Coates, Minetti Quartet), and renowned ensembles such as Britten Sinfonia, BCMG and London Sinfonietta. His orchestral works have been performed by many orchestras including the LSO, the BBC Scottish Symphony, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

From 2013-16 Finnis was Composer-in-Association with the London Contemporary Orchestra. They gave numerous performances of his works and several new commissions, including Across White Air for solo cello with reverb, Between Rain for string orchestra, and the electronic piece Colour Field Painting, premiered on a summer evening on the top of London's Primrose Hill.

Another significant association was formed with the London Sinfonietta who have performed, toured and recorded six of his works, including three that they commissioned: Veneer, Unfolds and Seeing is Flux.

The 2018-19 season saw the premerie of a new work for soprano, chorus and orchestra Eldest Night, and a new piece for string ensemble The Centre is Everywhere; his string quartet Aloysius was given its UK premiere at the Aldeburgh Festival by the Castalian Quartet.

NMC Recordings released an album of Finnis’ music in Spring 2019.

Finnis studied at the Guildhall School with Julian Anderson. In 2012 he received a Paul Hamlyn Award, and in 2016 his violin concerto Shades Lengthen was shortlisted for an RPS Award. Since 2015 he has been a Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music.

September 2019