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Benjamin, George (narrator)
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George Benjamin (narrator)

Born in 1960, George Benjamin began composing at the age of seven. In 1976 he entered the Paris Conservatoire to study with Messiaen, after which he worked with Alexander Goehr at King’s College, Cambridge. Ringed by the Flat Horizon was played at the London Proms by the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Mark Elder when he was just twenty. The London Sinfonietta under Simon Rattle premiered At First Light two years later. Antara was commissioned for the tenth anniversary of the Centre Pompidou in 1987 and Three Inventions was written for the 75th Salzburg Festival in 1995. The London Symphony Orchestra under Boulez premiered Palimpsests in 2002 to mark the opening of ‘By George’, a season-long portrait at the Barbican Centre. This last decade has seen further retrospectives of his work in Strasbourg, Madrid, Berlin, Paris, Lucerne, London, Aldeburgh, San Francisco, Frankfurt, Turin, Milan and Toronto.

His first operatic work, Into the Little Hill, written with playwright Martin Crimp, was commissioned by the 2006 Festival d’Automne in Paris. Their second collaboration, Written on Skin, premiered at the Aix-en-Provence Festival in July 2012 and has been scheduled by twenty international opera houses since then. He conducted the UK premiere at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in March 2013; the production was filmed and broadcast by BBC television.

As a conductor Benjamin has regularly appeared with leading orchestras, amongst them the London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern, Philharmonia Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Royal Concertgebouw (for whom his latest work, Dream of the Song, was written). He has frequently performed and taught at the Tanglewood Music Festival in the USA over the last fifteen years and, since 2001, has been the Henry Purcell Professor of Composition at King’s College, London.


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