Bryn Harrison studied for an MA in composition with Gavin Bryars at De Montfort University, Leicester. His music has been performed extensively in the UK at most of Britain's leading festivals and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. He has established a particularly close association with the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival receiving prizes there in 1993 and 1995 and commissions from the festival in 1999 and 2002 and again in 2008 where he was a featured composer.
In 1999 he was selected to compete for the International Gaudeamus Prize in the Netherlands and since then he has received many performances throughout Europe, USA and Japan, including those at festivals such as Wien Horgange, Ultraschall, Hannover Biennale, Festival Klangspuren, Europaischer Musikmonat, Wittener Tage and the Paris Festival Automne. In 2001 he attended the Ostrava New Music Days in the Czech Republic where he studied briefly with Christian Wolff and Alvin Lucier and, in the same year, was invited to attend the ISCM World Music Days in Yokohama, Japan.
Commissions include those for the London Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Recherche, Apartment House, Plus-Minus, Klangforum Wien, Ixion, London Sinfonietta, as well as performances from duos and soloists such as Darragh Morgan and Mary Dullea, Duo Contour, Anton Lukoszevieze, Irvine Arditti and Mieko Kanno.
He has a particular interest in the relationship between painting and music and has collaborated extensively with painter and printmaker Mike Walker. Bryn is currently Head of Composition at the University of Huddersfield.