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Richard Whalley is a composer and pianist living in Manchester, where he is a Senior Lecturer in Composition at the University of Manchester. He also teaches every summer alongside Peter Swinnen on the composition masterclass at the ARAM-Poitou Summer School in France. He studied composition at the University of York, then Harvard University for a PhD, and previous teachers include Roger Marsh, Nicola Lefanu, Mario Davidovsky and Joshua Fineberg. As a pianist he regularly performs both classical and contemporary music, and has given numerous premieres. As a composer he was finalist in BBC Young Musician of the Year 1992 and Gaudeamus 2001, his music has been performed in the ISCM World Music Days in Flanders in 2012 and Milan Expo in 2015, and in 2016 his work Misplaced Time Refound for solo flute was shortlisted for a BASCA British Composer Award. His music has been performed in the US and throughout the UK and Europe by numerous outstanding soloists and ensembles, including Psappha, Trio Atem, Ensemble 10/10, the Quatuor Danel, and the Ebonit Saxophone Quartet. His scores are published by Composers Edition at and many of his works have been commercially recorded. More information can be found at

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