The Scottish composer Rory Boyle was born in Ayr in 1951 and studied composition at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, as well as piano, organ, clarinet and conducting; he continued his studies with Lennox Berkeley, in London.

He has won several important awards, notably the BBC Scottish Composers' Prize (1971), two Royal Philharmonic Society Prizes (1973 and 1975), and the Zaiks Prize (1987) for his orchestral score Winter Music.  In 2006 he won a Creative Scotland Award to write an opera about the 18th century German feral child, Kaspar Hauser, with a libretto by the Edinburgh based writer Dilys Rose.

His list of works covers most genres and has been performed and broadcast widely in Britain and abroad. He has been commissioned by many festivals, societies and leading performers including Evelyn Glennie, Nicholas Daniel, Peter Seivewright and the Fine Arts Brass Ensemble, and he has also written extensively for younger players, including four children's operas; he was the first Composer Laureate for Schools with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, a position he held for three years

He lives in South Ayshire and teaches at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.