Biography

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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 forty 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.

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.

Graham has developed extensive collaborations with performers such as Assi Karttunen (harpsichord), Rody van Gemert (guitar), and Paul Sánchez (piano), as well as with Tom Kerstens and the International Guitar Foundation. This has resulted in many projects, premieres, and recordings.

2021/22 will see the first performances of a number of works, including Sideshow (piano – UK), Couperin on the Road (flute, viola, and harp – US), White Book 3 (piano – US), Absolute Inwardness (piano – US), Dark Sonata (guitar duo – Finland), Hockney’s Shoes (saxophone quartet – Chile), and La Forêt (harpsichord – Finland).

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 to be released in 2021/22 include a CD of Graham’s piano music (Paul Sánchez, Albert Kim – US), a disc of his guitar ensemble works (The Helsinki Guitar Duo, and others, Finland), and In Arcadia will be recorded in Japan. 

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. His music is published by Composers Edition, Tonos Music, Forton Music, and EVC Music Publishing.