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Novello & Co
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Param Vir began composition lessons in India at the age of fourteen. His family had a background in Indian classical music and these sounds permeated his childhood. He moved to England in 1983 to study with Peter Maxwell Davies at Dartington and later with Oliver Knussen at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His style is a synthesis of Western tradition and Eastern aesthetics. He has a particular affinity for dramatic genres and amongst his most performed works are the operatic double bill Snatched by the Gods and Broken Strings, commissioned by Henze for the Munich Biennale, and the full length opera Ion which premiered at the 2000 Aldeburgh Festival.