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Julian Grant is a composer, writer, educator, music journalist and broadcaster. He has composed 18 operas of various lengths and sizes which have been performed by English National Opera, The Royal Opera, Almeida Opera, Mecklenburgh Opera and Tétè-a-Tétè, and has won the National Opera Association of America’s New Opera prize and been nominated for an Olivier Award. From 2002-7 he was Director of Music at St. Paul’s Girls’ School, London, a post previous occupied by Holst and Vaughan-Williams. In Hong Kong, he hosted a classical music radio show and has also lived in Tokyo and Beijing, where he worked with the Beijing New Music Ensemble, and learned the Yang Qin (Butterfly Harp). In 2012, his Cultural Olympiad commission ‘Hot House’, devised by Gareth Malone, was premiered at the Royal Opera House. He divides his time between London, Princeton and New York where he is collaborating with Mark Campbell on a new work for Music Theatre Projects. 

HOT HOUSE Royal Opera House 2012. Photo by Harriet Lighte

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