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 US, establishing a repertoire of pieces for small and large ensembles. These include compositions for vocalists, bands, orchestra, soloists, film and theatre, operetta as well as some 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.
He has recently completed his PhD in Music Composition at Brunel University (U.K), with his principal and external advisors being Christopher Fox and Michael Finnissy, respectively. Additional qualifications include a Master’s in Composition (Royal Conservatory of the Hague, Netherlands) and also 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, 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.