Camden Reeves was born in Oxford, England in 1974. Inspired by his grandfather, a Jazz musician, he began learning the piano at an early age whereupon he began composing almost immediately. Reeves read music at the University of Exeter, studying composition with Philip Grange (now a colleague at the University of Manchester), and at the age of just 22 was appointed Composer Fellow with the Hallé Orchestra in Manchester (a fruitful two-year collaboration that resulted in a number of striking orchestral scores). Further composition studies ensued with David Blake and Roger Marsh at the University of York and with Paavo Heininen on a CIMO Fellowship at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.

Reeves’ music has been performed throughout the world by a range of artists and ensembles, including the Basle Soloists, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Richard Casey, Psappha, the Celtica Duo, Gemini Ensemble, the Hallé Orchestra, the Lawson Trio, Loré Lixenberg, Okeanos, Psappha, Dominic Saunders, Alison Wells and Clive Williamson. Between 2004 and 2007, Reeves collaborated extensively with pianist Richard Casey on the three-year AHRC project ‘Confronting the Contemporary Piano’, resulting in a number of new works for solo piano (all of which are now published by Peters Edition), piano within chamber contexts and culminating in the Piano Concerto (2009).

The piano trio Starlight Squid is available on Borderlands, Campion Cameo 2053 (Chagall Trio, 2005). A CD of the complete piano works performed by Richard Casey was released on the same label in 2007 (Cameo 2070), and the song cycle Night Descending, for mezzo-soprano and ensemble was released on Cadenza (CACD 0807) by Alison Wells and Gemini in August 2007.

Reeves is currently Lecturer in Composition at the University of Manchester, where he has taught since 2002.