Edwin Hillier is a British composer active in Glasgow and London. His work investigates the connection between musician and instrument, employing a tactile and highly physical approach to sonic exploration. Edwin’s music has been presented internationally, including performances at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Royaumont Festival (France), at the Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, Roulette (New York City), Nonclassical, and by artists including the London Sinfonietta, Quatuor Tana, EXAUDI, Explore Ensemble, Red Note Ensemble, and Talea Ensemble. Recent works have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 (New Music Show, Episode: Edwin Hillier’s Plastica), France Musique, and recorded on the NMC Record Label. He was the recipient of a Scottish Award for New Music in both 2021 (Dorico Award for Small/Medium Scale Work) and 2020 (Electroacoustic/Sound Artwork).
Selected for international composition programmes including Voix Nouvelles (Royaumont), Dartington International Summer School, Luxembourg Composition Academy, IRCAM/Manifeste and Sound and Music’s Next Wave programme, Edwin has received tuition from Pierluigi Billone, Raphaël Cendo, Frédéric Durieux and Rebecca Saunders, among others.
A graduate of the University of Cambridge, he was awarded a scholarship to the Royal College of Music to pursue his postgraduate studies, supported by the RVW Trust and the AHRC. He is currently completing a doctorate in Composition under the supervision of Jonathan Cole. At the RCM, Edwin teaches Academic Studies units at undergraduate level and is Module Leader for the postgraduate Musical Analysis course.