Brian works as an academic at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he is Senior Lecturer in Composition and Music Technology.

Information for research and potential Masters and PhD students.

At the research level Brian is very interested in meeting with composers who are considering pursuing a PhD in Composition in areas such as film music, electronica, experimental and multimedia and all areas surrounding acoustic technology interaction. It may be that you are a trained composer in notated contemporary music and wish to broaden your portfolio out into one of the above areas, for example, produce a mainly notated portfolio of concert hall orientated compositions but include some film music. It may be that you produce a portfolio entirely of electronica, film and multimedia type work. Another area he is particularly interested in is cross-genre composition, especially where techniques of modern concert hall composition mix with technology and looking at all areas that defy present classifications of musical composition style. Brian has supervised over 20 PhD students who have come from a wide range of countries including Russia, Greece, South Korea, the US, Germany and Portugal as well as the UK.

Brian lecturing at the UTT
Lecturing on Musical Fusion at the International Symposium on Music from the Caribbean, Trinidad.

Current and recent PhD and MMus students that Brian has supervised include really brilliant young composers and technologists who have gone on to secure the highest level jobs, prizes and commissions. A few examples;

Jobs; Maria Castro, PhD; “Between Music and Sound; An Approach to Composition” became Lecturer in Music Technology at the University of Huddersfield and Evangelia Rigaki holds the position of Lecturer in Music and Director of the International Centre for Musical Composition at Trinity College, University of Dublin.

Prizes; Nuno Dario, PhD 2013 titled “Film Music and Cross-genre; dramatic approaches in contemporary composition” won the 2013 Jerry Goldsmith Film Scoring Prize at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Walter Köerte won best film score at the Portobello Film Festival.

Commissions; Chris Whiter, currently studying for a PhD in experimental electronic jazz composition had one of his pieces played at the BBC Proms in 2013 and Ian Vine has had commissions from The London Sinfonietta and Hallé Orchestra.

Scholarships; The PhD students have won numerous awards, scholarships and fellowships including TECHNE and AHRC studentships, the Thomas Holloway Scholarship, Reid Scholarship, the Berlin Film Festival Prize, the FPRS award, the Greek Onassis Scholarship, and scholarships of the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Portugal.

Current topics being studied by PhD students include; film music composition, composing with modular synthesis, electronic dance music composition, interactive composition for dance, music for installations, applied composition with medical and health applications, audio-visual composition, ‘fusion’ composition with Greek and Caribbean Influences, song writing fusion with contemporary classical composition and jazz and live electronics.

Please feel to free to contact Brian if you are interested in pursuing a PhD in Composition and particularly one that falls under the above description. For further information you can also contact the Postgraduate Admissions Tutor in the Department of Music, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham TW20 0EX tel, 01784 443540 or email Brian at