Born in London’s Tulse Hill in 1946, Michael Finnissy began composing very early in life. Formal study at the Royal College of Music in London with Bernard Stevens and Humphrey Searle (composition) and Edwin Benbow and Ian Lake (piano) was followed by study in Italy with Roman Vlad.
His role as teacher has encompassed the Dartington International Summer School, Winchester College, the junior department at the Royal College of Music, Chelsea College of Art and many universities as guest lecturer, then moving to Sussex University as a Research Fellow, and to the Royal Academy of Music.
As composer, he ha been recognised in numerous festivals, including Huddersfield and Almeida. His music is increasingly receiving the attention of broadcasters and record companies, including NMC, BML and ETC as well as Divine Art and the numerous releases in the Metier Finnissy series.
In 1990 Finnissy was appointed President of the International Society of Contemporary Music. He was re-elected in 1993, and in 1998 was made an honorary member of the ISCM. In 1999 he was appointed Senior Fellow of the KBC-chair in New Music at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium for two years.
A book on the music of Michael Finnissy – Uncommon Ground – edited by Henrietta Brougham, Christopher Fox and Ian Pace, is published by Ashgate.