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Brett Dean, born in 1961, is one of the most internationally performed composers of his generation. His music is championed by many leading conductors worldwide including Sir Simon Rattle, Marin Alsop, David Robertson, Andris Nelsons and Simone Young. In 2009 he won the Grawemeyer Award for music composition for his Violin Concerto The Lost Art of Letter Writing and in 2011 received the Elise L. Stoeger Prize from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, New York. Commissions include a new Trumpet Concerto for Håkan Hardenberger commissioned by Grafenegg Festival and the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Danish National Symphony and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras. Dean also enjoys a busy career as a viola player and since 2005 has been performing his own Viola Concerto with many of the top orchestras worldwide. He also has a blossoming conducting career, with recent and upcoming engagements including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony, the BBC Philharmonic and Northern Sinfonia.

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