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Anthony Powers

Born in London, England, in 1953, Anthony Powers took private tuition with Elisabeth Lutyens and Harrison Birtwistle between 1969 and 1971, and also with Nadia Boulanger in Paris from 1972 to 1973. Between 1973 and 1976 he went to the University of York, where he studied with David Blake and Bernard Rands (a pupil of Boulez and Berio), to obtain a DPhil in Composition.

He went on to teach at Dartington College of Arts for two years and then went on to become composer-in-residence to Southern Arts. In 1987 he moved on to teach at Cardiff University, where he became Professor of Composition from 2004 until 2010. He was Chairman of the Association of Professional Composers between 1995 and 1997.

Anthony Powers has received a number of high profile commissions (for example, from the BBC and the Three Choirs Festival Society, amongst others) and his works have been performed both in Britain and abroad. He has written over sixty works, including four string quartets, two symphonies, a cello concerto, a horn concerto, as well as many choral and chamber works. He displays a vast array of influences in his output - from the Black Mountains to 16th/17th-century Italian gardens, from Monteverdi to William Walton.

Details of many of his works can be found at the Oxford University Press website. The recorded extracts are of two folk-song based movements from his five movement piano trio ‘The Long Way Home’.

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