Huw Belling is a composer and conductor, and the Principal Artistic Associate of Sydney Chamber Opera. He has read for a Doctor of Philosophy in composition at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford, a Masters of Music at the Royal College of Music, London, and a Bachelor of Music (Hons) at the Conservatorium of Sydney.
Huw’s works are performed and toured in Australasia, Europe, the UK, and the Americas with commissions in the repertoire at Westminster Abbey, and the gramophone award winning Ensemble Plus Ultra. Huw has conducted premieres with Sydney Chamber Opera, and continues to produce new and established works with colleague Jack Symonds.
Recent commissions include the chamber opera Victory over the Sun commissioned by the 20th Biennale of Sydney and Sydney Chamber Opera after the lost futurist work from Russia, and Inside Mr Enderby for the Manchester Collective, for singer and string quartet with text adapted by Pierce Wilcox from the novel by Anthony Burgess. In Australia Huw has written for ensembles such as the Grainger Quartet, Ensemble Offspring, and the Australia Piano Quartet.
Huw’s research has concerned itself with rhythm in the music of Thomas Adès, and with appropriation and quotation in recent composition (his own and others’ including Robin Holloway, Wolfgang Rihm, and Alfred Schnittke). Since completing his doctorate he has been based in Sydney.