Piers Hellawell

b. 1956

The music of Piers Hellawell has been performed around the world by leading artists such as the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Fidelio Trio and Hilliard Ensemble, Psappha, the Schubert Ensemble and Stockholm Chamber Brass. Large projects since his 1999 Proms debut (Inside Story) have included Cors de Chasse, a concerto commissioned for Håkan Hardenberger (trumpet) and Jonas Bylund (trombone) by the Philharmonia Orchestra, and Degrees of Separation, the commissioned work for the opening of The Sage, Gateshead, both in 2004. Hellawell’s works are represented on the ECM New Series, NMC and Metier labels as well as on three critically acclaimed discs of his music from the Metronome label; the third of these, Dogs and Wolves, appeared in spring of 2008, when Gramophone described the title work as ‘perhaps the most engaging orchestral showpiece this decade’. In June 2010, a new piano work Piani, Latebre was premiered by William Howard at the Spitalfields Festival; 2012 sees work on a joint commission for Stockholm Chamber Brass and the Swedish Chamber Orchestra. Hellawell is Professor of Composition at the Queen’s University of Belfast.