Harrison Birtwistle is one of the world's foremost living composers. Born Accrington, 1934, he studied Clarinet and Composition at the Royal Manchester College of Music from 1953 where, along with fellow students Peter Maxwell Davies
Kalevi Aho (born 9 March 1949 in Forssa, Finland) is a Finnish composer.
He studied composition at the Sibelius Academy under Einojuhani Rautavaara, receiving a diploma in 1971. He continued his studies for a year in Berlin with Boris Blacher.
Ian Venables (born 1955) is a British composer of songs and chamber music. Ian Venables was born in Liverpool in 1955 and was educated at Liverpool Collegiate Grammar School. He studied music with Professor Richard Arnell at Trinity College of Music, London and later with Andrew Downes, John Mayer and John Joubert in Birmingham.
Ernst Krenek,originally Ernst Křenek (August 23, 1900 – December 22, 1991) was an Austrian-born composer of Czech ancestry; throughout his life he insisted that his name be written Krenek rather than Křenek, and that it should be pronounced as a German word.
Pascal Dusapin (29th May, 1955) is a French composer born in Nancy. He studied fine art, science and aesthetics at the Sorbonne in Paris. One of France's best-known living composers, his works have been performed worldwide.
Guillaume Connesson is a French composer born in 1970 in Boulogne-Billancourt, France. Connesson studied the piano, music theory, music history and choir conducting in Conservatoire National de Région in Boulogne-Billancourt and composition by Marcel Landowski during six years from 1989.
Franco Donatoni 1927–2000 An Italian composer of singular originality and unimpeachable integrity, Franco Donatoni was also at heart an artisan for whom ‘inspiration comes when I put myself on a chair to write’. Yet, paradoxically, his journey towards maturity was periodically hindered by existential crises and stylistic false starts.
Thomas Adès (born in London, 1 March 1971) is a British composer, pianist and conductor. Adès studied piano with Paul Berkowitz and later composition with Robert Saxton at Guildhall School,London. He graduated in 1992 from King's College, Cambridge after studying with Alexander Goehr and Robin Holloway.