Charlotte Bray

Adjudicator - Final

The composer Charlotte Bray has emerged as an outstanding talent of her generation. Her music exhibits an uninhibited ambition and desire to communicate and is described as vivid, exhilarating and richly expressive with a lyrical intensity.

Invisible Cities, commissioned by Verbier Festival and performed by Lawrence Power and Julien Quentin, will première in July. This will be followed by the première of At the Speed of Stillness at the BBC Proms, with Sir Mark Elder conducting the Aldeburgh World Orchestra. Other impending performances include the tenor song cycle Verre de Venise at the West Cork Festival, and Bray's ensemble work Beneath the Dawn Horizon with Southbank Sinfonia.

Born in Britain in 1982, Bray studied with Joe Cutler and graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire with First Class Honours. Then, with Mark Anthony Turnage, she completed her Masters at the Royal College of Music in 2008 gaining a Distinction. She studied at Tanglewood Music Centre in 2008, was a winner of the RPS composition prize 2010, and in 2011 was made an Honorary Member of Birmingham Conservatoire.

During Bray's residency with Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (2009/10), Alexandra Wood premiered her violin concerto under Oliver Knussen. Oxford Lieder Festival elected Bray their inaugural Composer-in-Residence in 2011, featuring several performances of her work, including a première by the baritone Roderick Williams.

Other notable achievements include Beyond a Fallen Tree by the LSO under Daniel Harding; Verre de Venise in Aldeburgh, Aix-en-Provence and Verbier and the performance of Scenes from Wonderland by Jennifer Pike and the LPO, a co commission from the orchestra and London Music Masters.