School of Arts
Delhi-born composer Param Vir is a leading figure in contemporary music. Based in London, his output encompasses works in several genres that include chamber music, symphonic works and opera / music-theatre. His works have been performed by major ensembles, orchestras and opera houses, and presented at several international festivals.
The last few seasons have seen the premieres of several major works, including a full-length opera Black Feather Rising, a choral work He Begins His Great Trance for the BBC Singers, A Spread of Dreams for the Orchestra of the Swan, two works for cellist Rohan de Saram and a work for the BCMG and Darbar Asian Arts Heritage.
His work is inspired by varied sources drawn from world mythology, art and literature. Groups that have performed or given premieres of Vir’s works include The Netherlands Opera, London Sinfonietta, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Klangforum Wien, Schoenberg Ensemble, Fulcrum Point (Chicago), Scottish Opera, Music Theatre Wales and Ensemble Modern. Current commissions include a new orchestral work for 2012.
Param Vir was awarded an Honorary DLitt by the University of West London on 23 November 2011.