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Brian Elias

Born: 1948

Nationality: British

Publisher: Chester Music

Photo © Ben Ealovega


Brian Elias studied at the Royal College of Music in London with Humphrey Searle and Bernard Stevens and privately with Elisabeth Lutyens. After five years working at a finance company in New York he returned to London to re-establish a musical career. The development of his musical language can be traced through his major orchestral works. The Webernesque La Chevelure (1967) was followed twelve years later by Somnia; the intensity of L’Eylah (1983) is built upon in the exquisite Five Songs to Poems by Irina Ratushinskaya (1989) and the powerfully expressionist ballet The Judas Tree (1991) leads to the playful but dark The House that Jack Built (2001). Two recent orchestral pieces, Doubles and Electra Mourns, have both won British Composer Awards (in 2010 and 2013 respectively). Elias’s first instrumental concertante work, a Cello Concerto, was premiered at the BBC Proms in 2017. Much of his music has been recorded; most recently a CD of his vocal and ensemble works was released on the NMC label.
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