EDWARD GREGSON (b 1945 )
Edward Gregson is a composer whose music has been performed, broadcast, and recorded worldwide (four volumes of his orchestral music and concertos have been recorded on the Chandos label). He studied composition and piano with Alan Bush at the Royal Academy of Music, where he won five prizes for composition.
His commissions have included works for the English Chamber, Bournemouth Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, and Hallé Orchestras, with performances by many other orchestras and ensembles around the world. He has written orchestral, chamber, instrumental, and choral music. Among his major orchestral works are a dozen concertos for various instruments, mostly written for eminent soloists. His contribution to the wind and brass repertoire has also been of particular significance and in 2016 he was composer-in-association with the famous Black Dyke Band. In the following year he was composer-in-residence at the Presteigne Festival, where his String Quartet No. 2 received its premiere
His academic career has included appointments at Goldsmiths College, University of London (1976–1996), where he was head of composition and was awarded a personal chair, and then as principal of the Royal Northern College of Music (1996–2008). He is a writer director of PRS for Music, and until recently a trustee of the PRS for Music Foundation. He has also been the recipient of a dozen honorary doctorates and fellowships from various English universities and conservatoires.
For more information, visit www.edwardgregson.com and www.wisemusicclassical.com.