Michael Ellison is a composer and reader in the School of Arts at the University of Bristol. He combines contemporary and traditional influences into a personal musical idiom. His first opera, Mevlâna-Say I am You (Rotterdam Operadagen and Istanbul Music Festivals, 2012) integrated Turkish traditional instruments into contemporary music—a direction his second opera, Deniz Küstü (Istanbul Music Festival, 2016, Jones/Tanbay/NOHlab) extends. Ellison has been commissioned by BBC Symphony Orchestra, Acht Brücken Festival, Radio France, Grenoble Festival, New York Youth Symphony, Siemens Foundation, Nova Chamber Music Series, amongst others. He is also co-director of Istanbul’s Hezarfen Ensemble.
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