LYELL CRESSWELL (b 1944 )
Lyell Cresswell was born in Wellington, New Zealand. He studied in Wellington, Toronto, Aberdeen and Utrecht. From 1978–80 he was music organiser at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff; from 1980–82 Forman Fellow in Composition at Edinburgh University, and from 1982–85 Cramb Fellow in Composition at Glasgow University. Since then he has been a full-time composer based in Edinburgh. Lyell Cresswellʼs music has been featured at many festivals around the world. The numerous awards he has received include a Scottish Arts Council Creative Scotland Award (2001), an honorary D.Mus from Victoria University of Wellington (2002), the inaugural Elgar Bursary (2002), and the Sounz Contemporary Award for his Piano Concerto (2011). In 2006–7 he was Creative New Zealand /New Zealand School of Music composer-in-residence.