Edward Jessen is a composer of works for concert and theatrical traditions. His music is made from broad collaborative elements. Projects stem from conversational processes with players and directors, filmmakers and designers, astronomers and anthropologists. Edward is the recipient of commissions and awards from UBS, Meet the Composer, the Arts Council England, Performing Right Society/Bliss Trust, Britten-Pears Foundation, Sinfonia Foundation, British Academy, the Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music, British Council Grant Combined Arts Award, le Conseil Général du Nord de la DRAC and the Danish Ministry of Culture. Recent projects include Mother Tongue Tautologies for the London Symphony Orchestra, Chambre 119 for pianist Catherine Laws, Companion for the Black Hair Ensemble, Thype for Orkest ‘de ereprijs’, Körpertask for the English Chamber Orchestra Ensemble, Præda for the Orchestra of the Opera North and Braid for the Hilliard Ensemble.
Qualifications / Educational Background
PhD University of York 2004
MA Wesleyan University 1998
BFA CalArts 1990
Composition Professorial Staff, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (since 2004); Senior Fellow in Composition for Music and Multimedia, Royal College of Music, London (2008-10); Lecturer in
Music Theatre, University of Winchester (2004-05); Lecturer in Music, University College Northampton (2002-03); Lecturer in Music/MA course in Combined Arts, Oxford Brookes University (2002).