Huw Watkins was born in Wales in 1976 and studied at Chetham's School of Music, Manchester. He then went on to read music at King's College, Cambridge studying composition with Robin Holloway and Alexander Goehr, followed by an MMus in composition at the Royal College of Music where he studied with Julian Anderson.
In March 1999, the Nash Ensemble under Martyn Brabbins gave the first perfromance of Huw Watkins' Sonata for Cello and Eight instruments, which had been commissioned by Faber Music. In February 2000 the BBC National Orchestra of Wales gave the first performance of his Sinfonietta in Cardiff under Grant Llewellyn.
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