Edmund Finnis is a ‘hugely gifted composer’ (Sunday Telegraph) whose music has been described as ‘magical’ (The Times), ‘iridescent, compelling’ (The Guardian), ‘exquisite’ (BBC Radio 3) and ‘ethereally beautiful’ (The Herald). His works are regularly performed and broadcast, both at home in the UK and internationally.
Finnis’ multifaceted output ranges from intimate music for soloists and duets to immersive electronic pieces, music for film, ensemble and choral music, and works for large orchestra.
He has written music for some of the leading performers of his own generation (Benjamin Beilman, Mark Simpson, Víkingur Ólafsson, Clare Hammond, Oliver Coates, Minetti Quartet), and renowned ensembles such as Britten Sinfonia, BCMG and London Sinfonietta. His works have been performed by orchestras including the LSO, the Philharmonia, the BBC Scottish Symphony, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.
From 2013-16 Finnis was Composer-in-Association with the London Contemporary Orchestra. They gave numerous performances of his works and several new commissions, including Across White Air for solo cello with reverb, Between Rain for string orchestra, and the electronic piece Colour Field Painting, premiered on a summer evening on the top of London’s Primrose Hill.
Another significant association was formed with the London Sinfonietta who have performed and toured six of his works, including three that they commissioned: Veneer, Unfolds and Seeing is Flux.
Finnis was born in Oxford in 1984. He sang in the Choir of New College Oxford and studied at the Guildhall School with Julian Anderson. In 2012 he received a Paul Hamlyn Award, and in 2016 his violin concerto Shades Lengthen was shortlisted for an RPS Award. Since 2015 he has been a Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music.