Christian Drew is a British-American composer, performer and teacher based in London.
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 composer on the LSO Panufnik 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 and the Edward Wood Memorial Prize for academic achievement. He was also Assistant Conductor of the Southampton University Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to his work as a composer, Christian is in frequent demand as an orchestrator, copyist and engraver, working with orchestras, publishers and composers of concert and film music. He also teaches private lessons in guitar, ukulele, banjo and music theory across South East London, and performs whenever he can on fretted instruments, accordion and voice.
His studies have been supported by the H R Taylor Charitable Trust, Archbishop Abbot’s Exhibition Foundation and Guildhall School Trust.