Michael Ellison Recordings

The music of Michael Ellison defies categorization, seamlessly integrating contemporary and classical sensibilities with traditional influences into a unique and personal idiom. Described as “beautifully crafted, robust and absorbing” by American Record Guide, Ellison’s is a music of colour and contrast, evocative atmosphere and emotional breadth.

Having worked out of the collision of cultures that is Istanbul for over ten years, Ellison’s recent work explores the integration of disparate traditions and sonic experimentations into meaningful new forms.

Notable commissions and awards have included the opera Say I Am You-Mevlana (2012), co-produced by Rotterdam Operadagen and I KSV and the Istanbul Music Festival, the ‘Turkish’ Concerto K. 219 , for Turkish instruments, cello and orchestra (2008) commissioned and premiered by the BBC Symphony Orchestra with conductor Pascal Rophé, Kubla Khan (2011) for the 2011 Istanbul Music Festival, String Quartet #3 (2013) from the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music, Nova Chamber Music Series and the Fry Street Quartet, String Quartet #2 for the Borromeo Quartet funded by National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Copland House (2006), New York Youth Symphony (1995), the Beebe Foundation (New England Conservatory), Ojai Festival, Barlow Endowment, Fulbright Foundation, and ASCAP.

Co-Director of Istanbul’s groundbreaking Hezarfen Ensemble, Michael Ellison teaches composition at the University of Bristol, England.