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composer , conductor and pianist

George William John Benjamin, British composer, conductor, educator. Decorated chevalier Ordre des Arts et Lettres; recipient Lili Boulanger award, 1985, Koussevitzky International Record award, 1987, Grand Prix du disque de l'Académie Charles Cros, 1987, Gramophone Contemporary award, 1990, Edison award, 1998, Schoenberg prize, Berlin, 2002, award for Palimpsests Royal Philharmonic Society, 2003.


BENJAMIN, George William John was born on January 31, 1960 in London. Son of William Benjamin and Susan (nee Bendon) Benjamin.


Student, Westminster School. Student, Paris Conservatoire. Student, King's College, Cambridge.

Student, IRCAM, Paris.


Professor composition Royal College of Music, 1986—2001. Henry Purcell professor composition King's College, London, since 2002. Founding artistic director Wet Ink Festival, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, 1992, Meltdown Festival, South Bank, 1993, Artistic Conference, British Broadcasting Corporation Radio 3, Sounding the Century, 1996-1999.

Composer in residence Tanglewood, 1999, 2000, 2003.



Fellow Royal College Music (London, honorary). Member Bavarian Academy Fine Arts, Royal Academy Music (honorary).


William Benjamin

Susan (nee Bendon) Benjamin