SHORT BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE: Piers Hellawell


(n.b.: the following are two alternative biog notes, each of 100 words; they are not one item)

Piers Hellawell’s work has been performed around the world by leading artists such as LSO, Håkan Hardenberger, Evelyn Glennie, Philharmonia Orchestra and the Hilliard Ensemble. The CD ‘Airs, Waters’ in May 2012 was hailed as "gorgeously impassioned work..... a rich kaleidoscope of inspired creativity". Syzygy was premiered in 2013 by Swedish Chamber Orchestra, followed in 2014 by Balcony Scenes, Fenella Humphreys’ ‘Bach To The Future’ project for violin; 2016 (60th Birthday Year) saw Wild Flow at the BBC Proms, Up By The Roots - a collaboration with poet Sinéad Morrissey - and a feature at Detroit’s Great Lakes Festival.



Piers Hellawell was born in England and studied at Oxford University, but was appointed when 24 to a composition post at The Queen’s University of Belfast, where, since 2002, he has been Professor of Composition. His family home is in Northern Scotland; his sixty or so published works owe their genesis to that working environment. Working away from England through his career has encouraged Hellawell’s detached attitude to centralized musical fashions; in his teaching and writing about music, as in composition, he advocates traditional training as a platform for individuality, and expresses an aversion to obvious solutions.

Further information is at www.piershellawell.com