Christian Drew is a British-American composer, performer and conductor based in London, UK.
He is currently completing a master’s in composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama as a Leverhulme Arts Scholar, studying with Laurence Crane and Richard Baker. He recently received the Mary Ryan Composition Award, as well as the Rose Lawrence Horners’ Academic Prize.
Recent works have been performed by ensembles and soloists including Plus Minus Ensemble, EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble, London Symphony Orchestra Players, Juice Vocal Ensemble, Theatre of the Ayre, OUT-TAKE Ensemble, W37 Saxophone Quartet and soprano Juliet Fraser at the Wigmore Hall, The Place Theatre, Milton Court Concert Hall, National Centre for Early Music, Cheltenham Music Festival and the Richmond Concert Society.
Christian completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Southampton, studying with Matthew Shlomowitz, Benjamin Oliver and Michael Finnissy. Here he received the Hazel Muras-Osborn Composition Prize, Lyttel Prize and Edward Wood Memorial Prize for academic achievement, and was also Assistant Conductor of the Southampton University Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to his work as a composer, Christian is in frequent demand as a copyist and engraver, working with orchestras, publishers and composers of concert and film music. He also teaches private lessons in guitar, banjo, ukulele and music theory.
His studies are currently supported by the H R Taylor Trust, Archbishop Abbot’s Exhibition Foundation and Guildhall School Trust.