British composer Edwin Hillier (b.1988) read Music at the University of Cambridge, where he studied composition under Giles Swayne. He was subsequently awarded a scholarship to study for a Masters in Composition at the Royal College of Music with Jonathan Cole and Kenneth Hesketh, during which time his studies were generously supported by the Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. After graduating with Distinction, Edwin returned to the RCM in September 2014 to commence doctoral studies in Composition, which are currently ongoing.
Edwin’s music has been performed at events including the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival – with UK premieres in both 2014 and 2015 – Royaumont Festival 2016 and 2017 (France), Nonclassical (UK), at the Wigmore Hall (London), and by artists and ensembles including the London Sinfonietta, Lore Lixenberg, LUCILIN (Luxembourg), Quatuor Tana, Tête à Tête Opera, members of EXAUDI, Talea Ensemble (US), and conductors James Baker and Gary Walker. His work Soliloquies was recently broadcast on France Musique, and Hibeh released on the NMC Record Label.
Edwin was Composer-in-Residence at Handel House Museum for 2014-15, leading on their education programme and completing a series of commissions for the House. He has been selected for international composition programmes including Voix Nouvelles (Royaumont, France, 2016) – returning as an academy Laureate and as recipient of a André Jolivet commission in 2017 – Dartington International Summer School (2015), Luxembourg Composition Academy (2015) and Sound and Music’s Next Wave programme (2014). He has received tuition from Pierluigi Billone, Raphael Cendo, Frédéric Durieux and Rebecca Saunders, amongst others.