He studied composition with Kenneth Leighton (his predecessor as Reid Professor of Music at the University of Edinburgh), Egon Wellesz (the first pupil of Arnold Schoenberg), and Witold Rudziński. He also studied at the Polish Radio Experimental Studio in Warsaw. His compositions include the opera The Electrification of the Soviet Union, Concerto for flute and chamber orchestra, I am Goya and Remembering Esenin.
- Scottish Arts Council profile article
- The Guardian – "The riddle of the rocks" – on his 2008 trip to Uganda
- The Independent – Right of Reply: "The composer Nigel Osborne defends his opera trilogy, Sarajevo"
- Nigel Osborne page
- Grove Music Online (requires login)
- Nigel Osborne biography and works on the UE website (former publisher)
- Nigel Osborne biography and catalogue on University of York Music Press (current publisher)
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