JEREMY PIKE

Jeremy-PikebwJeremy Pike studied piano with Christopher Elton and violin at the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music whilst taking composition lessons with Bryan Kelly and Sir Lennox Berkeley. At the age of seventeen he went to read Music on an open scholarship at King?s College, Cambridge, where he studied composition with Gordon Crosse and piano with Phyllis Palmer. In his final year he won the university composition prize and conducted the university orchestra and chamber orchestra. In 1976 he continued his studies in conducting and composition with Paul Patterson on a postgraduate scholarship at the RAM. In 1979 he won a Polish government scholarship to study composition with Henryk Górecki in Katowice, where he met his wife Teresa. His fifth string quartet was runner up for the international Carl Maria von Weber composition prize in 1985.

He has directed the electro-acoustic music studios at the Royal Academy of Music and the University of Warwick and he is currently Head of Composition at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester. In 1998 he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship, enabling him to undertake research in the USA and France into the application of new technology to the arts. He gained a PhD from London University in 2000.

Major commissions include a Bassoon Concerto and The Crossing Point, premiered by the City of London Sinfonia in November 2005. He frequently gives recitals with his daughter Jennifer, including live broadcasts on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune programme. Recent performances of his music have included Processions for violin and piano, broadcast on BBC Radio 3 from the Wigmore Hall in London.

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