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Professor Neal Farwell


Neal Farwell gained his PhD in composition from the University of East Anglia, studying with Simon Waters. In 1998 he moved to the USA as a Knox Fellow at Harvard University where he studied with Bernard Rands and Mario Davidovsky, and with David Rakowski at Brandeis University. He joined the Faculty of Longy School of of Music for the 2000-2001 session. Since January 2002, Neal has taught at the University of Bristol, where he is Professor of Composition and Director of the Composition and Recording Studios. From 2017-2019, Neal served as Head of the School of Arts, and from 2013-2015 was School Education Director.

Neal is active also as a conductor, and works regularly with the Bristol University Symphony Orchestra and the University New Music Ensemble. His repertoire includes composers as varied as Brahms and Birtwistle, Britten and Takemitsu, Stravinsky and Vaughan Williams, and he has directed many first performances of music by up-and-coming composers.



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