Professor Michael Finnissy
Professor Michael Finnissy started writing music almost
as soon as he could play the piano, aged four and a half. Winning the William Yeats Hurlstone composition-prize at the Croydon Music Festival led to a Foundation Scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music. Playing piano for Russian-style classical ballet classes helped the finances. Early composition teaching, at Dartington Summer School, were partnered by an old friend, Brian Ferneyhough. Member of the ensembles Suoraan and then Ixion (founded and still directed by Andrew Toovey). Attached to Contemporary Music for All (CoMA)since its inception, he has performed, and been in residence as composer, globally including Melbourne and the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in Sydney. His principal teaching has been at the Royal Academy of Music, Winchester College, Leuven (Belgium), and the Universities of Sussex and (currently) Southampton.
He his also President for N.C.G (Norfolk Composers Group)