Graham Flett is a diverse composer who has written for numerous groups within Europe, Canada, and the USA. He has established a repertoire of pieces for small and large ensembles, including compositions for vocalists, bands, soloists, film and theatre, operetta as well as experimental works. Often his music is characterized by a sense of mystery, subtle humour, and a unpredictability that is at balance with the rational and the playful. Flett enjoys exploring the limits and expectations of certain musical styles, specifically how music can be creatively and critically dismantled, combined, and reconfigured.
He has completed his PhD in Music Composition at Brunel University (UK). His advisors were Christopher Fox (principal) and Michael Finnissy (external). Additional qualifications include a Master’s in Composition from the Royal Conservatory of the Hague (Netherlands) and he also has a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts (music) from York University (Toronto).
He has worked with notable ensembles such as the ASKO Schoenberg, Nieuw Ensemble, Ensemble Aleph, Ensemble Mise-En, New European Ensemble, the Kroumata Percussion Ensemble, Quatour Bozzini, 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.