Born in Yorkshire in 1945, Vic Hoyland's earliest interests were painting, calligraphy and architecture, but after completing an Arts degree at Hull University, he decided to concentrate on music. He undertook a doctorate at York University where his tutors were Robert Sherlaw Johnson and Bernard Rands. From 1980-1983 he was Haywood Fellow at at Birmingham University; then after two years at York University he returned to the music department at Birmingham as senior lecturer and is currently Professor in Composition.
Commissions have come from many festivals - Aldeburgh, Almeida, Bath, Cheltenham, Huddersfield, South Bank and York - from organisations such as the BBC Symphony Orchestra and groups such as Lontano, the Arditti Quartet, Lindsay Quartet, BCMG, Endymion and Vocem.
Works include Vixen for large orchestra which, together with In Transit, was recorded by the BBC Symphony Orchestra for NMC. The second work in his orchestral triptych, Qibti, was premiered at the Barbican in 2003, with the third and final part, Phoenix, being premiered in January 2009.
Other recent works include Pierrot (2008), a tribute to Pierre Boulez; Token (2009), premiered by Endymion at Kings Place; and Hey Presto!, premiered by BCMG and Diego Masson in October 2009.