Michael Finnissy was born in London on 17 March 1946. He studied composition in London and Rome. His brilliance as a pianist matches his reputation as a composer. CDs of Finnissy playing his own music and of Finnissy as an arranger of Gershwin's music have been reviewed in this magazine.
A selection of M&V articles about Michael Finnissy
CD Spotlight. Fascinating Work - Grieg and Finnissy for piano quintet, heard by Robert Anderson. '... the whole disc is an unexpected serendipity.'
CD Spotlight. Consummate Skill - Music for newly designed oboes impresses Patric Standford. '... as fascinating and challenging as it is revelatory.'
DVD Spotlight. Seen and Heard - Modern music from the Kreutzer Quartet, reviewed by Howard Smith. '... whimsical, fickle and modernistic ...'
CD Spotlight. A Stimulating Recital - Contemporary music for oboe and ensemble, heard by Patric Standford. '... a wide range of interest.'
Bizarre Perception - Alistair Hinton discusses a recent article on English music by David Hamilton
Ensemble. A Brilliant Idea - A Bernard Stevens celebration at London's Wigmore Hall, reviewed by Bill Newman
Record box. Tour-de-force - Patric Standford listens to recent music for solo flutes, played by Nancy Ruffer
CD Spotlight. Sonic embroidery - The music of Richard Emsley, reviewed by Patric Standford. '... a more or less complete portrait of the composer's identity.'
Record box - American spiritual. Marilyn Nonken plays new piano works written for her, investigated by Keith Bramich