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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
; the intensity of
(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 orchestral works, Doubles and Electra Mourns, have both won a British Composer Award (2010 and 2013 respectively).