Dr Eugene Alexander BIRMAN


A composer of music of “high drama” and “intense emotion” (BBC), “at once, ingenious, hypnotic, brave, and beautiful” (Festival Internazionale A.F. Lavagnino), Eugene Birman (b. 1987) has written for symphony orchestras (London Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Orquestra Gulbenkian), choirs (Theatre of Voices, BBC Singers, Latvian Radio Choir), and leading ensembles and soloists (Maxim Vengerov, Maurizio Ben Omar, etc.) across four continents in venues ranging from London's Southbank Centre to Carnegie Hall to above the Arctic Circle. His highly public career, with appearances on CNN, BBC World TV, Radio France, Deutsche Welle, and others, is characterized by a fearless focus on socially relevant large-scale compositions covering the financial crisis, Russian border treaties, and more.


Commissioners and partners for Birman's work extend beyond the concert hall to major international bodies such as the European Union, the Austrian Foreign Ministry, and the Hong Kong SAR, as well as through prominent fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation (2018) and the US Department of State's Fulbright Program (2010-11).


Most recently, he was awarded the 2017 Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize, leading to a season-long residency at the Southbank Centre and world premiere with the Philharmonia Orchestra at Royal Festival Hall, and appointed the sole Artist-in-Residence of the 2018 Helsinki Festival, Finland's biggest yearly cultural event. In 2021, he takes up the position of Artist-in-Residence at the Manchester International Festival. A D.Phil recipient from the University of Oxford, he also holds degrees from Columbia University, the Juilliard School, and the Accademia Musicale Chigiana.


2018 John Simon Guggenheim fellow and 2017 Royal Philharmonic Society Prize-winning composer of large-scale stage and operatic works on the major political and social issues of our time.

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Music, HKBU
  • Ongoing research and performance projects totaling over US$500,000 in funding in collaboration with the Berlin Film Festival and Berlin Philharmonic, Manchester International Festival, Macao International Music Festival, EU National Institutes of Culture, HKSAR, Sony CSL Paris, K11/New World Development, Osage Art Foundation, with performances/premieres planned in 2020-23 in Europe and Asia.
  • In progress: a new opera for the Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg with the Orchestre de Chambre du Luxembourg and stage director Stéphane Ghislain Roussel (LU) and upcoming performances and premieres with the Berlin Philharmonic, SPECTRA Ensemble for LOD muziektheater, EXAUDI, Intrada, YXUS Ensemble, and numerous others; performances in Belgium, Estonia, Germany, Hong Kong and Macao SARs, Luxembourg, Russia, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.
  • 2018 John Simon Guggenheim Fellow
  • 2017 Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize
  • 2017 Trauma&Revival Residency and Commission, sponsored by the European Union and kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga, Latvia (May-October 2017)
  • 2013 Young Composers Award, the European network for professional chamber choirs - TENSO
  • CNN "Fareed Zakaria GPS"
  • Bloomberg TV
  • BBC World TV
  • NPR "All Things Considered"
  • Financial Times
  • NY Times
  • LA Times
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Radio France, Deutsche Welle
  • Le Figaro
  • Süddeutsche Zeitung
  • SCMP
  • and across almost all major European radio channels.

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