Kevin Volans biography

Kevin Volans was born in 1949 in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, and studied with Karlheinz Stockhausen in Cologne. He is now an Irish citizen.

In 1979, after research trips to South Africa, he began a series of pieces based on African composition techniques that occupied him for the next 10 years.

After a productive collaboration with the Kronos Quartet in the 1980s, his work, principally in the field of chamber and orchestral music, has been regularly performed worldwide.

In 1997 BBC Music Magazine listed him as one of the 50 most important living composers and he was described by the Village Voice as 'one of the most original and unpredictable voices on the planet'.

Latterly, he has turned his attention to writing for orchestra as well as collaborating with visual artists. Principal performances in the last few years include the Berliner Musikfest, Vienna State Opera, Lincoln Center, New York, Conzertgebouw, Amsterdam, Pompidou Centre, Paris and the BBC Proms.

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