Biography



Edward Nesbit is an English composer based in London. His works have been performed by groups such as the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Guildhall Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Lorraine, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Britten Sinfonia and members of the Philharmonia Orchestra in venues including Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Purcell Room and Barbican Hall; his work has also been broadcast on BBC Radio 3. His song cycle A Pretence of Wit was shortlisted for the vocal category of the 2013 British Composer Awards.

Having won the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition prize in 2010, Edward won the first Verbier Festival Academy Composer Prize, leading to a commission for Night Dances, a string quartet which was premiered at the 2013 Verbier Festival. Other recent commissions have included: To Dance on Sands for eight celli, which was also commissioned by the Verbier Festival and premiered by cellists Gautier Capuçon, Adrian Brendel, Amanda Forsyth, Clemens Hagen, Mischa Maisky, István Várdai, Kyril Zlotnikov and Lionel Cottet at the 2014 Verbier Festival; Lifesize Gods, which was commissioned by the Britten Sinfonia; and Strange Joy, which was commissioned by East London Music Group. To Dance on Sands appears on the album Verbier Festival: Best of 2014, released on the Erato label, and Parallels, Edward’s commission from the LSO, appears on LSO Live’s album Panufnik Legacies.

Edward has a particular interest in vocal music. In addition to three song cycles, he has written an increasingly extensive catalogue of choral music including: Psalm 121, which was commissioned by Malvern College for the school's 150th anniversary; Balulalow, which is published by Cadenza Music in their En Bethlehem anthology; a Mass; and In to Plain Ways, which was the winner of New Music for St. Paul’s 2015, and was premiered in St. Paul’s Cathedral in December 2015.

Born in 1986, Edward Nesbit graduated from Cambridge University in 2007 with a first class honours degree in music, winning in 2005 the Donald Wort prize for scoring the highest mark in the university. Edward then studied for two years with Julian Anderson at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama; he completed a Masters degree in composition with distinction in 2008, winning the Ian Horsburgh Memorial Prize for the best postgraduate composition; he subsequently became a fellow at Guildhall, and curated the 2009 Guildhall New Music Festival. Most recently, he completed a PhD in Composition at King's College, London, studying with George Benjamin. He teaches 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century music at Cambridge University, and is Composer in Residence at Queen Mary University of London.

Plans for the coming year include a residency at Tanglewood Music Festival and the completion of a new concerto for piano and ensemble.