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Julian Anderson was born in London in 1967 and studied composition with John Lambert, Alexander Goehr and Tristan Murail. His first acknowledged work, Diptych
(1990) for orchestra, won the 1992 Royal Philharmonic Society Prize for Young Composers. His two commissions for the London Sinfonietta, Khorovod
(1994) and Alhambra Fantasy
(2000), have been performed by leading ensembles worldwide. His other most played works include the orchestral BBC Proms commission The Stations of the Sun
(1998) which has been performed by both the Boston Symphony and Cleveland Orchestras, and the chamber work Poetry Nearing Silence
(1997). He was Composer in Residence with Sinfonia 21 from 1996 to 2001 and Composer in Association with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) from 2001 to 2005, for whom he has written three orchestral works and Book of Hours
for ensemble & electronics (for BCMG). His Symphony (2003) won the BACS Award for the Best New Orchestral Piece the following year.
Julian Anderson was Head of Composition at the Royal College of Music until 2005 and is now head of composition at Harvard University. He is Artistic Director of the Philharmonia Orchestra's 'Music of Today' series and the Cleveland Orchestra's Daniel Lewis Young Composer Fellow for 2005-07. His Book of Hours
for ensemble and live electronics won the Royal Philharmonic Society Prize for Large Scale Composition in May 2006.