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Brian Elias

Born: 1948

Nationality: British

Publisher: Chester Music

Photo © Benedict Cruft


Brian Elias studied at London’s Royal College of Music 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 language can be traced through his major orchestral works. The Webernesque Le 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). His most recent large orchestral work, Doubles, won a British Composer Award in 2010.

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