British composer and teacher Simon Bainbridge was born in London on 30 August 1952 and studied at the Royal College of Music with John Lambert and then at Tanglewood with Gunther Schuller. He began to make his name as a composer while still a student, with Spirogyra (1970) which was performed at the 1971 Aldeburgh Festival. Bainbridge's music is often influenced by American culture. His 1994 orchestral song cycle Ad Ora Incerta won the 1997 Grawemeyer Award.
From 1999 until 2007 he was head of composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and still teaches there as a senior composition professor. He has also taught in South Korea and the USA.
A selection of M&V articles about Simon Bainbridge
Ensemble. Prism of Time - Malcolm Miller looks back to a Simon Bainbridge performance last summer, and forward to Wigmore Hall's Bainbridge Study Day this month
Ensemble. Boundaries of the Possible - Malcolm Miller admires Simon Bainbridge's new BBC commission, 'Diptych'
Ensemble. Renewal and Revitalisation - Malcolm Miller enjoys the London Jewish Male Choir's 80th anniversary concert