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George is Dean of Composition at Tianjin Conservatory of Music (the first foreign head of department in any Chinese conservatory).  He studied composition with Robert Saxton and Michael Finnissy, and received guidance from Chen Qigang, Chen Yi, Zhou Long, and Thea Musgrave.

 

George’s music has been performed by the Kreutzer Quartet, Qingdao Symphony Orchestra, St Christopher Chamber Orchestra, Ensemble Synaesthesis, Gemini Ensemble, Asian American New Music Institute, “Fan-Yin” Chinese instrument ensemble, duo Oneplusone (Latvia, Norway), Peter Shepperd Skaerved, David Owen Norris and David Alberman, among others.

 

On the Adopt a Composer scheme, George collaborated with Finchley Chamber Orchestra and Choir to compose Meltwater, extracts of which were broadcast on BBC Radio 3.  In Spring 2012 George won third prize in the Beijing Modern Symphony Composition Competition; Qingdao Symphony Orchestra performed his piece Earthly Branches in Beijing Concert Hall.

 

Recent collaborations have included work with traditional Chinese instrumentalist Zheng Yang; the Mulan Children’s choir, which George conducts and for whom he is writing an opera; an improvised theatre-piece with dancer and actress which toured to the Wuzhen International Theatre Festival; a Welsh hymn, with words by award-winning Welsh bard John Gwilym Jones.

 

George recently curated season one of the Tianjin British Contemporary Music Festival, featuring the Kreutzer quartet.  Future seasons will include Jonathan Powell, Morgan Hayes and Ruth Hopkins.

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