Dr Paul Rhys

Course Leader and Senior Lecturer, Music

Affiliated with StoryLab Research Institute

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Department:School of Performance

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Music

Courses taught: Music

Paul Rhys is a composer and conductor whose music uses computers and traditional instruments and has been performed internationally: from a piano concerto to computer transformation of birdsong.



Paul joined Anglia Ruskin University in 2007 after teaching at Reading University and Clare College Cambridge. He gained a PhD in Composition in 1996 and studied at Northwestern University in the USA supported by a Wingate Foundation Scholarship.

His music has been performed in Europe and the USA, broadcast on national radio and recorded on CD. Recent works include a dialogue for alto recorder and birdsong, and a piano concerto premiered in London in 2012. He is currently developing software for granular synthesis of sound by fractal organisation and exploring nineteen-note equal temperament.

Research interests

  • Composition
  • Microtonality
  • Nineteen-note equal temperament
  • Granular synthesis

Areas of research supervision

  • Supervision to successful completion of three PhDs in Music Composition
  • Supervision of PhD in Cross-Cultural Composition and Combined Arts


  • Diploma in Digital Music Technology, Keele University
  • PhD Composition, Keele University
  • PGCert Higher Education, Anglia Ruskin University
  • BA (Hons), Oxford University

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Member, National Association of Music in Higher Education
  • Member, Higher Education Academy
  • Member, Sound and Music (London)

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Visiting Fellow, University of Western Australia, Perth
  • External Examiner for MA Composition, Queens University, Belfast

Selected recent publications

Rhys, P.Q., 2014. Not I for piano solo: Beckett’s text as music. In: Bailes, S. J. and Till, N. (Eds.). Beckett and Musicality. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Rhys, P.Q., 2013. Three songs for soprano and orchestra. [Live Performance] Soprano – Corrina Wilson, Conductor – Peter Britton, K239 Orchestra. [Cambridge, 11 November 2013].

Rhys, P.Q., 2012. Dialogue I, II for clarinet and birdsong. In: Sparling, A., 2012. A Place in the Sky, [CD]. London: Lontano Records Ltd. Track 6.

Rhys, P.Q., 2012. Piano Concerto No.1. [Live performance] Piano – Ian Pace, Conductor – Paul Rhys. [London, 8 December 2012].

Rhys, P.Q., 2010. Dialogue for alto recorder and birdsong. [Live performance] Alto Recorder – Rachel Barnes. [Cambridge, 19 November 2010].