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Oscar Bettison (born 19 September 1975) is a British/American composer known for large-scale chamber and large ensemble works.

Early life and education

Bettison was born in Jersey to a British father and a Spanish/Catalan mother. He started playing and composing music at an early age and, at the age of nine joined the Purcell School in London. After completing an undergraduate at the Royal College of Music with Simon Bainbridge, he studied with Robert Saxton at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama for his Master's. In 2000, he went to the Royal Conservatory of The Hague to study with Louis Andriessen and Martijn Padding, something which Bettison describes as a "formative experience." He stayed on in The Hague to complete another Master's degree and then went to Princeton University for his PhD studying with Steven Mackey. [12] He was a fellow at both the Tanglewood Music Center and the Aspen Music Festival and School. Since 2009, he has served on the composition department of Peabody Institute. [11] His music is published by Boosey & Hawkes. [[CITE|-1|]]

Selected works


  • Presence of Absence (2016) for mezzo soprano and large ensemble [15]
  • String Quartet (2015) [16] [9]
  • Sea Shaped (2014) for Orchestra [9]
  • Threaded Madrigals (2014) for solo viola [9]
  • An Automated Sunrise (for Joseph Cornell) (2014) for ensemble [9] [9]
  • Livre des Sauvages (2012) for large ensemble [9] [9] [9]
  • Apart (2012) for percussion
  • The Afflicted Girl (2010) for ensemble [9]
  • Gauze Vespers (2008) for ensemble
  • B & E (with aggravated assault) (2006) for ensemble [9]
  • O Death (2005–07) for ensemble [10] [10]

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