Personalities | George Benjamin | Contemporary | Classical
Benjamin studied at the Paris Conservatoire under Messiaen and later at Cambridge with Goehr. While still at Cambridge he came to wider public attention with his orchestral piece Ringed by the Flat Horizon (1980). Since then he has composed slowly but fastidiously, forces ranging from solo (Three Miniatures for violin, 2001) and duo (Viola, Viola, 1997) to chamber orchestra (Three Inventions, 1993–95) and symphony orchestra (Sudden Time, 1989–93, and Palimpsests I and II (2000–02). In the past decade he has turned to music theatre with the chamber opera Into the Little Hill (2006) and his full-length opera Written on Skin (2012).
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