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Edward Nesbit

Edward Nesbit editLecturer in Composition

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Edward Nesbit is an English composer based in London.  After an undergraduate degree at Cambridge University he studied with Julian Anderson at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and with George Benjamin at King’s College, London.  He won the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize in 2010, followed by the first Verbier Festival Academy Composer Prize in 2013; his song cycle A Pretence of Wit was shortlisted for the vocal category of the 2013 British Composer Awards.  Recent performances have included: To Dance on Sands, premiered at the 2014 Verbier Festival; Concerto, performed by the Mahler Chamber Orchestra at Aldeburgh Festival 2015; Lifesize Gods, toured by Britten Sinfonia in 2015; and In spite of the mere objectiveness of things, premiered by BBC Symphony Orchestra at Maida Vale Studios, London, in 2016.  He is currently working on a new orchestral piece for Melos Sinfonia to be premiered in 2017.

Research Interests and PhD supervision
  • Composition

Edward Nesbit teaches the second year undergraduate composition module, as well as leading doctoral composition seminars.

Selected Publications
  • The Burial of the Stars (2016) for soprano and eight violoncelli, commissioned by Cellophony with funds provided by the Britten-Pears Foundation
  • Funeral Music (after Purcell) (2016) for chamber ensemble, commissioned by Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival
  • In spite of the mere objectiveness of things (2015) for symphony orchestra, commissioned by Sound and Music for BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Lifesize Gods (2015) for horn trio, commissioned by Britten Sinfonia
  • To Dance on Sands (2014) for eight violoncelli, commissioned by Verbier Festival
Expertise and public engagement

Two of Edward’s pieces are recorded commercially:

To Dance on Sands (Verbier Festival – Best of 2014, Erato, 2015)

Parallels (Panufnik Legacies, LSO Live, 2013)


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