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Jeffrey Lewis

Jeffrey Lewis was born in Port Talbot, South Wales, in 1942 and studied at Cardiff University where he had early successes with his orchestral works Fanfares with Variations and the Chamber Concerto, given by the BBC Welsh Orchestra under John Carewe (1965 and 1967), and performances of his Two Cadenzas for piano and the chamber work Epitaphium – Children of the Sun at the 1967 Cheltenham Festival. He then studied with Bogusław Schäffer in Krakow, György Ligeti and Karlheinz Stockhausen at Darmstadt, and with Don Banks in London. Through Banks he met the composer and conductor Keith Humble who was then director of the Paris Instrumental Ensemble; Lewis spent several months as the group's pianist in early 1968 before returning to the UK to take up lecturing posts at Leeds College of Music (1969-72) and the University of Wales, Bangor (1973-92). Amongst his works from this period are orchestral pieces for the CBSO under Louis Frémaux (Mutations, 1969) and for the BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra (Aurora, conducted by Akeo Watanabe, 1973; Praeludium, conducted by Uri Segal, 1975; Scenario, also 1975, conducted by Meredith Davies; Memoria, Boris Brott, 1978; Limina Lucis, Moshe Atzmon, 1982); a Piano Concerto (1989) and several solo piano works for Jana Frenklova; Momentum (1977) and Esultante (1978), both for Dame Gillian Weir; Sonante (1986) for Dame Thea King and Clifford Benson; Pro Pace (1981) for Electric Phoenix; the Westminster Mass (1990) for Martin Neary and the Choir of Westminster Abbey; and Lux Perpetua (1992) for the Hilliard Ensemble.

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