Christopher Mayo

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Christopher Mayo (born 1980) is a Canadian composer of contemporary classical music.

Born in Toronto, Mayo studied at the University of Toronto where he was awarded the Glenn Gould Composition Prize and the William Erving Fairclough Scholarship and earned an Honours Bachelor of Music Degree. Mayo relocated to London in 2003, where he studied with Julian Anderson and in 2004 obtained a Master of Music in Composition from the Royal College of Music.[1] In 2011 Mayo obtained a Ph.D in Composition from the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with Philip Cashian. Mayo has received numerous awards including the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize in 2005[1] and the Ensemble contemporain de Montreal's Generation 2010 Audience Prize.[2]

Mayo's work has been commissioned and performed by numerous ensembles and organizations such as the London Symphony Orchestra,[3] the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra,[4] BBC Symphony Orchestra,[5] Tête à Tête Opera),[6] Ensemble contemporain de Montreal,[7] Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne,[8] ACME (American Contemporary Music Ensemble) and L'arsenale,[9] Motion Ensemble, Handel House Museum,[10] Michael Collins and the Dante Quartet,[11] and arraymusic.[1] Mayo wrote a piece for inclusion on the NMC Recordings album The NMC Songbook[12] which won the 2009 Gramophone Contemporary Award.[13] Mayo's music has been performed at festivals such as Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival, Aldeburgh Festival[1] and Cheltenham Music Festival.

Mayo is a member of the Camberwell Composers Collective along with fellow composers Mark Bowden (composer), Anna Meredith, Emily Hall and Charlie Piper.[14] Together with his fellow Camberwell Composers Collective members, Mayo served as New Music Associate at Kettle's Yard in Cambridge from 2008-2010.[15] In 2009 Mayo appeared in the BBC Two television documentary Classic Goldie in which he assisted the UK drum and bass musician Goldie to write a commission for performance in the 2009 Proms season.[16]

Mayo's recent premieres have included commissions for Carnegie Hall[5][17] and the MATA Festival.[9]

In September 2012, Mayo was announced as the Manchester Camerata Composer in Residence for the 2012/13 season [18][19] during which time he will write three new works for the ensemble.


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  16. ^ Lynn Barber (2009-07-19). "The Interview: Goldie". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-05-15. 
  17. ^ Steve Smith (2011-04-18). "Dawn Upshaw and Students at Zankel Hall". The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-05-15. 
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  19. ^ "Manchester Camerata Announces Christopher Mayo As New Composer In Residence". The Classical Source. 2012-10-08. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 

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