Jeremy Pike was born in 1955. He read music at King's
College, Cambridge, where he took composition lessons
with Gordon Crosse, before becoming a postgraduate
student of composition with Paul Patterson and conducting
at the Royal Academy of Music.
In 1979 he won the annual Polish Government Composition
Scholarship, becoming a pupil of Henryk Górecki in
Katowice. The following year the award was extended,
enabling him to continue his studies in Poland.
Since returning to the UK he has directed the
electro-acoustic music studios of Warwick University and
the Royal Academy of Music.
In 1989 he was appointed to the staff of Chetham's School
of Music in Manchester where he is now Head of
Composition and Contemporary Music.
In 1998 he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to
undertake research in the application of new technology
to the arts, visiting major centres in the USA as well as
IRCAM in Paris. He has a PhD in Composition from London
Commissions include Missa Brevis for Warwick University
Chamber Choir, a concerto for the Hallé orchestra's
principal bassoonist, Graham Salvage and The Crossing Point for
the City of London Sinfonia. His output, which
is extensive, includes orchestral, chamber, instrumental
and vocal music written in a highly personal style which
combines an interest in new techniques with a belief that
music must be a means of communication accessible to
audiences. See list of principal works for
He is also active as a conductor and in education. He is
Chairman of the North West Composers' Association.