Jonathan Harvey

Jonathan Harvey was born in Sutton Coldfield in 1939 and was educated at St. Michael's College, Tenbury and as a music scholar at St. John's College, Cambridge. He gained doctorates from universities of Glasgow and Cambridge and also studied privately (on the advice of Benjamin Britten) with Erwin Stein and Hans Keller, thus gaining an early acquaintance with the school of Schoenberg.

At the invitation of Boulez he worked at IRCAM in the early 1980s, resulting in four commissions from them. He has also composed for most genres: large orchestra, chamber, solo instruments and choral music. In 1993 Harvey was awarded the prestigious Britten Award for Composition and in 1994 was made Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Music, spent three months at the University of California at Berkeley as Visiting Bloch Professor and accepted a permanent post as Professor of Composition at the University of Stanford.

Harvey's opera Inquest of Love, commissioned by English National Opera was premiered at the Coliseum in June 1993. It was much admired for its sophisticated and effective use of electronic sounds and their blending with a conventional orchestra. Works in progress include a percussion concerto for Evelyn Glennie for performance at the 1997 Promenade Concerts.