|Occupation||Composer, Conductor, Teacher|
Gwyn Pritchard was born in Yorkshire, England in 1948 and studied ‘cello and composition at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music. He first came to the attention of the British public in the late 1970s, but much of his compositional activity has always been based outside the UK, notably in Poland, Switzerland, Germany and Italy.
His compositions include music for orchestra, chamber ensembles, solo instruments, vocal works and pieces employing electronics, and has been represented at leading international festivals including Warsaw Autumn, Wien Modern, Huddersfield, International New Music Week, ISCM World Music Days, Weimar Frühjahrstage and numerous others. It has been performed in several European countries, in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong and S.Korea. It has also been widely broadcast, sometimes under his own direction, on many radio and television networks, including the BBC who commissioned 'The Firmament of Time' for the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
In recent months Pritchard has completed commissions for Ensemble Eclat of Seoul, Ex Novo Ensemble of Venice and Ensemble Marges of Weimar. Three portrait concerts were given in Salzburg by the Österreichisches Ensemble für Neue Musik who also performed 'Res' at the Wien Modern festival, and oboist Peter Veale was the soloist in the premiere of 'Capriccio Fluido' in a concert by musikFabrik in Cologne
In 1982 Pritchard founded Uroboros Ensemble which includes some of Britain‘s leading instrumentalists. He has composed several pieces for the group, and as their conductor has performed and broadcast with them throughout Britain and on European tours. In 2003 he founded the Reggello International Festival of Music in Tuscany, Italy.
He is a professor of composition at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London, and has been invited to lecture and give masterclasses at many academic institutions in Europe, America and Asia. He has written, introduced and participated in programmes for the BBC, and has contributed articles and reviews to a variety of international musical publications.
Pritchard’s music is published by Verlag Neue Musik, Berlin, and further information is available at www.gwynpritchard.com