Julian Grant is a composer, writer, educator, music journalist and broadcaster. He has composed 16 operas of various lengths and sizes which have been performed by English National Opera, The Royal Opera, Almeida Opera, Mecklenburgh Opera and Tétè-a-Tétè, and has won the National Opera Association of America's New Opera prize, and been nominated for an Olivier Award.
From 2002-7 he was Director of Music at St. Paul's Girls' School, London, a post previous occupied by Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughan Williams. He has worked for Hong Kong University, hosted a radio show for RTHK, and has been involved in extensive education work for London's major opera houses. He writes extensively on opera, Russian music, and contemporary music for many music journals. Recent premieres include Double Trouble, for Melvyn Tan at the Wigmore Hall, and two operas for Tétè-a-Tétè: Anger, and Odysseus Unwound, which involved traditional knitters, spinners and weavers from Shetland, the conception of which was featured on BBC2's Culture Show. Grant currently divides his time between London and Beijing, where he is attempting to learn the Yang Qin.