Graham Flett is a composer adept at writing music for a large variety of musical situations. He has written for numerous groups within Europe, Canada and the U.S.A and in doing so has established a repertoire of pieces for small and large ensembles, including compositions for vocalists, bands, orchestra, soloists, theatre, opera as well as some quite adventurous experimental works. His music is often characterized by a sense of mystery, subtle humour, and the use of characteristic sound-objects. At balance with the rational and the playful, Flett explores the limits and expectations of certain musical styles and their overall ability to be destroyed, combined, and reconfigured.
Presently he is working towards PhD in Music Composition through Brunel University (U.K) where he is under from direction Michael Finnissy and Christopher Fox. Additionally to this, he holds a Master in Composition from the Royal Conservatory of the Hague (Netherlands) and also holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts (music) from Toronto’s York University.
He has worked with notable ensembles such as the ASKO Schoenberg, Nieuw Ensemble, Ensemble Aleph, Quatour Bozzini, New European Ensemble, the Kroumata Percussion Ensemble, and the Gryphon Trio. Other commissions have included pieces for soloists such as the soprano Claron McFadden, established orchestras like the Gelders Orkest, and other groups such as Modelo62, CONTACT Contemporary, Ensemble Klang and Ensemble Aventa. He has won awards and grants from the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, the Canada Council for the Arts (Robert Fleming Prize, J.B.C. Watkins Award) and also has received an honourable mention in Canada’s annual Jules Léger competition.
Graham Flett has been a student of a number of different composition teachers, including Gilius van Bergeijk, Cornelis de Bondt, and James Tenney. Present Phd studies have added Michael Finnissy and Christopher Fox to this list.