Finnissy, Michael (Peter )
- Jonathan Cross
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(b Tulse Hill, London, March 17, 1946). English composer and pianist. He was a foundation scholar at the RCM (1965–8) where he studied composition with Stevens and Searle and piano with Edwin Benbow and Ian Lake, followed by composition study in Italy with Vlad. He created the music department of the London School of Contemporary Dance, has taught at the Dartington Summer School, Winchester College, Chelsea College of Art, University of Sussex, Royal Academy of Music and Leuven University, and was musician-in-residence to the Victoria College of the Arts, Caulfield, Australia (1982–3). From 1990 to 1996 he was president of the ISCM. Since 1999 he has been professor of composition at Southampton University.
As an accomplished pianist associated with the virtuoso solo repertory, it is hardly surprising that the course of Finnissy’s own creative development has been punctuated by significant piano works, as well as by hundreds of occasional pieces. The piano, for Finnissy, fulfils the gamut from sketch pad to full orchestra – from compact but expressive miniatures such as ...