Prof Andrew Lewis

Professor of Composition

Contact info

Email: a.p.lewis (

Phone: 01248 382188

Location: Main Arts Building


Andrew Lewis is a composer of global significance and an internationally recognised leader in the field of acousmatic composition. His early work focused on acousmatic music (fixed-medium sonic art diffused over multiple loudspeakers). His more recent music includes more work for orchestras and ensembles, but retains a strong interest in the phenomenon of sound as raw material and the use of technology to realise new kinds of musical ideas. He is especially interested in spatial sound, in the relationship between 'real-world' and 'abstract' sounds, and in the phenomena of aural perception as part of the creative process.

His music first came to prominence through the award of several international prizes, including the EMAS/PRS Prize for 'Storm-Song' (piano and tape) in 1986, which was also featured at the Gaudeamus Music Week (Amsterdam). Subsequent awards include First Prizes at Concours de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges, 1997 ('Ascent'); Concurso Internacional ART’S XXI, Valencia, 2001 ('Cable Bay'); Concurso internacional de música eletroacústica, São Paulo, 2003 ('Penmon Point'); KLANG, Montpellier, 2016 ('Fern Hill'); Destellos, Argentina, 2017 ('Skyline') and KLANG, Montpellier, 2018 ('Lebensliederl'). In 2004 he was awarded a Euphonie d’Or at Bourges for one of the ten most significant works from the previous decade of the competition ('Ascent').

His instrumental music has been commissioned and performed by numerous prominent artists, including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, l'Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie, the Kreutzer Quartet, Psappha, Ensemble Mise-En, Ensemble Cymru, Duo Contour, UPROAR, Elinor Bennet, Jane Chapman, Wendy Holdaway, Yoshikazu Iwamoto, Gerald Garcia, Phillip Mead, Xenia Pestova, Carla Rees, Heather Roche and Vivienne Spiteri. His string quartet Tempo Reale was chosen by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies for a Wigmore Hall concert celebrating the 60th anniversary of SPNM.

Recent projects include the audiovisial work 'LEXICON' (funded by the Wellcome Trust) which was seen live by more than 1700 people during its UK tour, and 'Fern Hill' for orchestra and electronics, which was commissioned for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales for the centenary celebrations of Dylan Thomas, and broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. This work won first prize in the KLANG! competition, Montpellier, and was given its French premiere there by the Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie. In 2016 he was awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship to compose a large scale work for orchestra and electronics featuring the voices of people with dementia and their partners who care for them ('Lebenslieder'). The resulting work was awarded second prize in the KLANG! competition, Montpellier, in 2018. In 2019 'Straatmuziek' for flute, clarinet, piano and electronics was one of only two works chosen to represent Wales at the ISCM World Music Days in Estonia.

Numerous recordings are available, including two collections of his works: 'Miroirs obscurs' and 'Au-dèla' (empreintes DIGITALes) as well as 'Schattenklavier' on Shadow Piano (Innova).

He is married with four grown-up daughters, and lives in Bangor.


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Teaching and Supervision

Composition and Electroacoustic Composition; Music Technology; Sonic Art; Max programming; Interactive Sound and Music; European avant-garde; Stockhausen; Boulez; Schoenberg; Webern; Bruckner; Mahler.

I currently supervise three PhD's in composition and electroacoustic composition.


Departmental Responsibilities

  • Deputy Head of School (Research)
  • Director of Research
  • Studio Director

Contact Info

Email: a.p.lewis (

Phone: 01248 382188

Location: Main Arts Building

Research areas and keywords


  • M Music - acousmatic, electroacoustic, composition, live electronics

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2019 - Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • 1991 - PhD , PhD Composition (1984 - 1991)
  • 1984 - BA , BMus (Hons) (1981 - 1984)

Research outputs (28)

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Prof. activities and awards (18)

  • Skyline

    Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition

  • Lebenslieder

    Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition

  • Fern Hill

    Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition

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Accolades (5)

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