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Christopher Mayo: Biography

Christopher Mayo
1980 -
Region: Ontario

Christopher Mayo

Christopher Mayo is a Canadian composer living and working in London. He was the recipient of the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal’s Génération 2010 Audience Prize, the 2005 Royal Philharmonic Society Composition prize and a Serge Garant Award in the 2005 SOCAN Awards for Young Composers. Christopher was appointed as the first composer-in-residence at Tatton Park in 2006-2007. As a member of the Camberwell Composers’ Collective, Christopher was a New Music Associate at Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge for 2008-2010.

Born in Toronto in 1980, Christopher studied at the University of Toronto where he was awarded the Glenn Gould Composition Prize and the William Erving Fairclough Scholarship on the way to earning an B.Mus degree. He relocated to London in 2003, where he obtained a M.Mus in Composition from the Royal College of Music studying with Julian Anderson. In 2011 Christopher completed doctoral studies at the Royal Academy of Music studying with Philip Cashian.

Recent projects include works for Carnegie Hall, the London Symphony Orchestra, the BBCSO, ACME and L’arsenale, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, the Esprit Orchestra, ECM+, Tête à Tête, Handel House Museum, Michael Collins and the Dante Quartet, arraymusic and a work for the NMC songbook recorded and released on NMC records. Christopher’s music has been performed at the MATA Festival, Faster Than Sound, the Cheltenham Festival, Kettle’s Yard, the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival and the Aldeburgh Festival. Christopher collaborated with Matthew Herbert on his ‘One Day’ project for the London Sinfonietta and he also appeared in the BBC 2 documentary Classic Goldie where he assisted English drum and bass star Goldie with his commission for the 2009 BBC Proms.



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