Poems of Elizabeth Daryush
soprano and piano
duration: 10 minutes
Nick Ray was born in Gillingham, Kent in 1973 and began studying
piano at five years old. After a good general education he opted for music,
and commenced as an undergraduate at Trinity College of Music in 1994,
studying piano with Kaoru Bingham and composition with Daryl Runswick
(whose Scafra Preludes Books I and II he performed at the
Dartington Festival in 1998). He graduated with first class honours, winning
prizes for composition and piano. The following year he gained his MPhil
from St John's College, Cambridge University, where he studied composition
with Alexander Goehr.
His interests as a composer are centred around the early American pioneers
(notably Ives and Ruggles) and the Second Viennese School, and he claims
these composers as his main influences. He has many interests outside
music and likes reading, countryside and cats.
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