The music of Michael Ellison seamlessly integrates contemporary and traditional influences into a unique and personal idiom. His first opera, Mevlâna-Say I am You
(Rotterdam Operadagen and Istanbul Music Festivals, 2012) broke new ground, achieving an unprecedented level of integration of Turkish traditional instruments into contemporary music—a direction his second opera, Deniz Küstü
(Istanbul Music Festival, 2016, Jones/Tanbay/NOHlab) extended. Ellison has been commissioned and performed by BBC Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Variances, Acht Brücken
Festival Cologne, Radio France, Aspects des musiques d’aujourd’hui,
Grenoble Festival, New York Youth Symphony, Siemens Foundation, Nova Chamber Music Series, amongst many others. He is Principal Investigator on the European Research Council project Beyond East and West: Developing and Documenting an Evolving Transcultural Musical Practice
, the PI of AHRC-Istanbul Development Agency supported project Transtraditional Istanbul.
Ellison is Professor of Composition at the University of Bristol (UK) and co-founder and co-director of Turkey’s leading contemporary music group, Hezarfen Ensemble.