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Brian Elias

Publisher: Chester Music

Doubles was one of the most impressive pieces of orchestral music I have heard in a long time...  Elias’s paroxysmic orchestral writing packs a punch, with the phenomenal resourcefulness of the scoring provoking gap-jawed astonishment... Intellectually and physically, it’s a white-knuckle ride, a thrilling experience. - Martin Anderson, Tempo


[I]n his music there's a violent rhythmic impulse - thundered out by percussion onslaughts or snarling brass - that is thrilling and quieter passages that radiate an eerie mood. You feel that, beneath the studiously abstract title wild passions and dark tensions are churning. - Richard Morrison, The Times


'...[Electra Mourns] stole the show as a moving study of madness and remorse.' - Geoffrey Norris, The Daily Telegraph
Key Works:
Career Highlights:
  • 2013 Electra Mourns wins the vocal category at the British Composer Awards
  • 2011 NMC Recordings releases a disc of orchestral works with the BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • 2011 NMC recording of House that Jack Built nominated Top 10 Best Album of the Year by The Sunday Times
  • 2010 Doubles wins the Orchestral Award at the British Composer Awards
  • 2001 The House that Jack Built premiered by the BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • 1999 NVC video of The Judas Tree wins International Emmy Award for Performing Arts
  • 1993 Olivier Award for Best New Dance Work for The Judas Tree
  • 1989 premiere of Five Songs to Poems by Itina Ratushinskaya
  • 1984 L’Eylah premiered at the BBC Proms
  • 1965 commenced informal composition studies with Elisabeth Lutyens