Country: Stirling, Scotland
Studies: Curtis Institute; Harvard University
Teachers: Ned Rorem
He was born in Tillicoultry, near Stirling, in 1970. His father played piano (non professionally) and he started learning the piano at the age of seven. Early in his life his family moved to Norway, his mother’s native country. Aged eleven, he went to St Mary's Music School in Edinburgh to study piano with Audrey Innes and composition with Geoffrey King. In 1989 he moved to Philadelphia to study at the Curtis Institute, where he studied with Ned Rorem. He moved on to Harvard University, where he obtained a PhD in 1999 and became a visiting lecturer, still in his 20s. He has since returned to the United Kingdom and lives in Manchester, where he is a lecturer at the Royal Northern College of Music. In 2004 he led the New Music/New Media course for the Britten-Pears School. In 2006/07, he was visiting professor at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya.
He was composer in residence with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic from 2000 to 2004.
As a pianist, he received the piano section BBC Young Musician of the Year award in 1988.
He has performed as soloist with orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, and Scottish National Orchestra.
He has appeared at The Proms, making his debut in 1990 performing Prokofiev's Third Concerto.
Works for Percussion