Benjamin, George

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Benjamin, George (b London, 1960). Eng. composer, pianist, and conductor. Began pf. lessons at 7 and comp. when he was 9. Gave f.p. of Britten's Sonatina Romantica, Aldeburgh Fest. 1983. Research at IRCAM, Paris, 1984–7. Guest cond., Hallé Orch. Teacher at RCM. Works incl.:ORCH.: Altitude, brass band (1977); Ringed by the Flat Horizon (1979–80); At First Light, chamber orch. (1982); Fanfare for Aquarius, chamber orch. (1983); Antara (with electronics) (1985–7, rev. 1989); Cascade (1990); Helix (1992); Sudden Time (1993).VOCAL: A Mind of Winter, sop. and small orch. (1981); Jubilation, orch. and mixed children's groups (1985); Upon Silence, mez., 5 viols (1990), mez., 2 va., 3 vc., 2 db. (1991).TAPE: Panorama (1985).CHAMBER MUSIC: vn. sonata (1976–7); octet, fl. (picc.), cl., perc., celesta, str. (1978); Flight, fl. (1979); Duo, vc. and pf. (1980).PIANO: pf. sonata (1977–8); Sortilèges (1981); 3 Studies (Iambic Rhythm, Meditation on Haydn's Name, Relativity Rag) (1982–5).