Cameron Biles-Lidell

Award: Transmission Fund

Year: 2020

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Composer

Location: Wales


Cameron Biles-Liddell is a pianist and composer from North Wales currently studying for a PhD at the University of Manchester under the tutelage of Professor Camden Reeves and Phil Grange, after gaining a First Class Honours degree for Undergraduate and a Distinction at Masters level. Where he will be researching into stasis and motion in contemporary classical composition, through a portfolio of professional compositions ranging from solo works to larger orchestral forces and a written commentary.
His compositional language encompasses an eclectic variety of musical styles ranging from popular music like Radiohead and Charles Mingus to contemporary composers such as Harrison Birtwistle, George Benjamin and Thomas Ades. A particular interest in his music is exploring extremities of time, from using fast rhythmic pulsations to create forward momentum is contrasted with ambient, textural based compositions. This interest highlights Cameron’s fascination with concepts of metre and temporal dimensions in music that are audible but ever present in composition, regardless of style.
Alongside working on his composition portfolio, Cameron enjoys a vibrant and exciting solo pianist career with repertoire ranging from J.S Bach, Chopin and Prokofiev to premiering new composed contemporary music. Most recently Cameron competed in the National Eisteddfod of Wales in Llanwrst (2019), where he was awarded the Richard Davey Jones Scholarship for Piano excellence after winning the 19 and over solo piano class. This led to him performing on national Welsh television (S4C) to compete for the prestigious Blue Riband prize.
The Help Musician’s Transmission Fund has provided the crucial financial support to attend these two prestigious Composition courses and gain valuable exposure to the wider music community. Both courses entail composing for elite professional ensembles complemented with daily activities like seminars, workshops and concerts. The opportunity to workshop and professionally record my music as part Peter Reynold Composer’s Studio and the Advanced Composition Course will have a long-lasting impact on my professional portfolio, developing the necessary skills to sustain my composition collaborations after my PhD studies.