Brian Wilshere was born in Derby. His earliest musical experiences were as a drummer in a marching band, and his formal musical training began at the age of 16. He subsequently
studied music at Surrey University, where his percussion teacher was James Blades. He also studied composition with Reginald Smith Brindle and drums with former Yes and King Crimson drummer Bill Bruford.
Since graduating, he has pursued a career as a composer, performer and teacher. He studied composition with David Bedford, and was awarded a PhD in composition by Goldsmiths College in 2006.
Brian’s music has been performed throughout the U. K. and Europe, both in concert and on radio and TV. Past commissions include the London Mozart Players, Piano 40, and the Fine Arts Sinfonia among others. As well as percussion music, including three concertos, he has also written several pieces for orchestra, choir, wind band and small ensembles. His most successful piece to date is the percussion concerto Zodiac, which was commissioned for Owen Gunnell in 2001 and has received many performances since. His quintet The Machine Stops has also received a number of performances from ensembles including the Fine Arts Sinfonia and VAMOS.
Brian’s music has received awards, including winning the Surrey Sinfonietta Composers Competition and finalist in the Tokyo Chamber Music Competition. He was also on the SPNM shortlist from 1996-2006.
He has held several senior posts in music education and is also an experienced adjudicator, lecturer and workshop leader.