Graham Lynch was born in London. He has a PhD in composition from King’s College London, and he also spent a year at the Royal College of Music, as well as studying privately with Oliver Knussen.
Graham’s music has been commissioned and performed in over thirty countries, as well as being frequently recorded to CD and featured on radio and television. Performers of his music include the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Singers, Orchestra of Opera North, BBC Concert Orchestra, The Eastman Sax Project, Mahan Esfahani, and El Ultimo Tango from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He has also worked as an arranger for the Belcea Quartet. His works have been played in venues as diverse as the South Bank, Wigmore Hall, Merkin Hall New York, Paris Conservatoire, Palace of Monaco, at the Venice Biennale, and from the Freiberg Jazz Club to a cake shop in Japan, and everything in between.
In 2009 his orchestral work, Invisible Cities, was used as the modern test piece in the Leeds Conductors Competition, and the same year saw the release of the first CD devoted entirely to his music, Undiscovered Islands, which received high critical acclaim. Since that time many of his works have been recorded across a wide variety of CDs.
Graham’s interest in many musical styles has resulted in pieces that reach from complex classical works through to compositions that tread the line between classical music and other genres such as tango nuevo, flamenco, jazz, and café music. These latter works are in the repertoire of ensembles such as Las Sombras, Ardey Saxophone Quartet, Terra Voce, Dieter Kraus, Tango Volcano, La Tin Shed Orquesta, and Faux Pas. He has also written educational music as part of the Sound Sketches piano series.
Recent commissions include Present-Past-Future-Present for harpsichord (Finland), Arche for violin (UK), Sing-Memory for guitar and harpsichord (Finland), Lyric Duo for two saxophones (Chile), Apollo Toccate for guitar (Finland), and Beyond the River God for harpsichord (Finland). Premieres in 2015 included Trio Cocteau for piano trio (UK), Delfica for piano (US), French Concerto for baroque violin, harp, and harpsichord (France), Serenata for string orchestra (UK), and Unreal Promenades for saxophone orchestra (US).
New works that have been premiered since 2016 include London Blues for decacorde, Rondeau and Pastorale for harpsichord, Orpheus for guitar and orchestra, Pastorale 2 for organ, Lyric Fragments for saxophone and piano, Symphony Cocteau for saxophone quartet and piano, Figures from Watteau for two guitars, London Blues 6 for guitar, Sappho Fragments for soprano and piano, and Serenata Notturna for guitar orchestra
2018 saw the premieres of a number of guitar pieces – Masques for solo guitar; Naïvement Rondeau for guitar trio; and Waltz Cocteau for guitar quartet. These pieces were commissioned by the International Guitar Forum in London, and for the Eurostrings project.
Recent CD releases include discs by Assi Karttunen (harpsichord), Rody van Gemert (guitar), the Ellipsos Saxophone Quartet, Mari Mantyla (decacorde), and London Blues 6, performed by Tom Kerstens, was included on a compilation CD put together by luthier Gary Southwell. Future recordings include a CD of Graham’s piano music, as well as a disc of his guitar ensemble works.
Graham has been the recipient of funding and awards from many organisations, including the Arts Council, Britten-Pears Foundation, PRS, RVW Trust, and the Lyn Foundation.