Born in Leamington Spa, Robin Holloway was a St Paul's Cathedral chorister from 1952-57.  He read English and Music at King's College Cambridge, while studying privately with Alexander Goehr.  After researching Wagner and Debussy for his doctorate (1972), he was appointed a lecturer in the Cambridge Music Faculty, where his many pupils have included Peter Paul Nash, Robert Saxton and Judith Weir.

His abundant output in every genre - not to mention his extensive critical writings - have sprung from a productive conflict between the techniques and ideology of modernism and his love for German and French romanticism of the 19th and early 20th century.  Among his larger works, his opera Clarissa was staged by English National Opera in 1990, while his millennial Symphony was commissioned by the BBC for the 2000 Proms; but some of his grandest conceptions, notably his settings of Ibsen's Brand and Peer Gynt, have yet to reach performance.

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