Born in Gloucestershire in 1983, Gavin Higgins grew up in the Forest of Dean, beginning his musical life in the local brass band. Gavin has studied at Chethams School of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal College of Music (supported by the AHRC and Douglas and Hilda Simmonds Awards). He studied with Gary Carpenter and Ken Hesketh, graduating with a Masters in 2009.

Gavin has written music for leading UK orchestras and ensembles: his works include Rage Dances for members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Dancing at the Edge of Hell for the BBC Symphony Orchestra and While Time Quietly Kills Them for the Manchester Camerata. Notable successes have been A Forest Symphony, commissioned by the Voices in the Forest Festival and selected for the wind and brass section of the British Composer Awards in 2008, and the ballet Jeremiah, choreographed by Dane Hurst and performed by the Rambert Dance Company at the Royal Opera House's Linbury Theatre.

Gavin is the inaugural Music Fellow to the Rambert Dance Company, and is currently working on new works for the Fidelio Trio, Flotilla Saxophone Quartet and a new ballet for the Rambert as part of New Music 20x12.