Martin Butler was born in 1960 and studied composition and piano at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), University of Manchester and Princeton University, USA. From 1988 until 2020, he taught at Sussex University, where he is currently Emeritus Professor.
His music is widely performed and broadcast internationally, and has been commissioned by the BBC Proms (O Rio), English National Opera (A Better Place), the Cheltenham Festival (American Rounds, Rondes d’automne) and the London Sinfonietta (Jazz Machines). His work has featured at the Aldeburgh and Vale of Glamorgan festivals and has been the subject of portrait programmes on national radio as well as at the Guildhall and RNCM.
In 1998-99 Butler was the first ever Composer-in-Residence at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study, and in 2008-09 he was Composer-in-Association with the Brighton & Hove Philharmonic. In 2011, with Peter Wiegold, he founded Club Inégales in London, which has played host to musicians from all backgrounds and cultures across 10 years and 120+ club nights, also acting as pianist with its house band, Notes Inégales. He has collaborated with various artists in recent years as a result, notably the folk singer Chris Wood.
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