Geoff Hannan was born in London in 1972. He studied composition privately with Michael Finnissy for three years before reading Music at Manchester University. More recently, he won a scholarship to study at the National Film and Television School.

His music has won two international awards: the 5th Romualdo Marenco Prize (2007, Italy) and the Gaudeamusprijs (1998, Netherlands). It has been performed at many festivals in the UK and abroad, including the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, SOUNDINGS at the Austrian Cultural Forum and the London Sinfonietta's State of the Nation. It has been featured on BBC Radio 3's Hear and Now, Sounding the Century and Music Matters series. Works include Rigmarole (1997), Centrifugal Bumblepuppy (1999), Work/Bonk (2006) and World Cinema (2001-8).