Jonty Harrison (1952) studied at the University of York (DPhil). In 1980, after four years in London (National Theatre; City University), he joined the University of Birmingham, where he is Professor of Composition and Electroacoustic Music, and Director of the Electroacoustic Music Studios and BEAST (Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre). Many of his former graduate students are leading figures in the composition and teaching of electroacoustic music internationally. Composition prizes include: Bourges International Electroacoustic Awards (including a Euphonie d'or for Klang); Prix Ars Electronica; Musica Nova, Prague; Lloyds Bank National Composers' Award. Commissions have come from leading performers and studios, including: Ina-GRM; IMEB; ICMA; MAFILM/Magyar Rádió; Electroacoustic Wales/University of Wales Bangor; IRCAM/Ensemble InterContemporain; BBC. His music is performed and broadcast worldwide and he has been guest composer at numerous international festivals. His music is available on empreintes DIGITALes, SAN/NMC, Cultures électroniques/Mnémosyne Musique Média, CDCM/Centaur, Asphodel, Clarinet Classics and EMF.
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