British Composer Simon Bainbridge has Died, Age 68

The celebrated composer passed away after battling a long illness


Bainbridge has an extensive catalog of works, ranging from orchestral, vocal, and choral pieces. He composed music for leading orchestras and collaborated with figures including architect Daniel Libeskind and jazz bass player Eddie Gomez.

In conjunction with his compositional career, Mr. Bainbridge was the head of the composition department at the Royal Academy of Music from 1999 to 2007.

He was also a professor at the University of London beginning in 2001. Over the course of his teaching career, he lectured at the Juilliard School, Boston Conservatory, Yale University, and the New England Conservatory of Music.

James Rushton, former managing director of Bainbridge's publishers, described him as "a kind and generous human being with an infectious sense of humor and a remarkable ear for mimicry, an inspiring and universally respected teacher, and a composer of great significance."

We offer our condolences to Mr. Bainbridge's family, friends, colleagues, and students.