Christian Drew is a British-American composer, performer and teacher based in London. He makes music for concerts, installation, dance and film using acoustic instruments, electronics, recordings and objects. Current interests include looseness, intuition, blurring, singing, thingness, materiality, dyads and shoegazing.
Recent works have been composed for Plus Minus Ensemble, EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble, London Symphony Orchestra Players, Juice Vocal Ensemble, Kreutzer Quartet, OUT-TAKE Ensemble, What Guitar Trio, lutenist Elizabeth Kenny and soprano Juliet Fraser at the Wigmore Hall, The Place Theatre, IKLECTIK, the National Centre for Early Music, 840 Series, Cheltenham Music Festival and the Richmond Concert Society. Currently he is a participant on the LSO Panufnik Composers Scheme 2020-21.
Christian recently graduated with a Master of Composition with Distinction from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he studied as a Leverhulme Arts Scholar with Laurence Crane and Richard Baker. Here he received the Mary Ryan Composition Award and the Rose Lawrence Horners’ Award, the Guildhall School’s academic prize.
He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Southampton, studying with Matthew Shlomowitz, Benjamin Oliver and Michael Finnissy. Upon graduation he received the Hazel Muras-Osborn Composition Prize, the Lyttel Prize for academic achievement and the Edward Wood Memorial Prize for the best student graduating in music. He was also Assistant Conductor of the Southampton University Symphony Orchestra.
As a multi-instrumentalist Christian has performed with a range of bands and experimental projects on fretted instruments, accordion, voice, objects and electronics. He currently teaches guitar, ukulele, banjo and music theory privately and in schools across the South East. In addition to his work as a teacher, Christian is in frequent demand as an orchestrator, arranger, copyist and assistant, working with orchestras, publishers, performers and composers of concert, film and commercial music.
Christian’s work and studies have been supported by the H R Taylor Charitable Trust, Archbishop Abbot’s Exhibition Foundation, Split Infinitive Trust, Leverhulme Trust, Guildhall School Trust and Help Musicians UK.