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Elisabeth Lutyens (1906-1983)

Born 9 July 1906
Bloomsbury, UK
Died 14 April 1983
Hampstead, UK
Nationality British
Era Modern

Determined to be a composer from the age of 9, Elisabeth Lutyens went to Paris in 1922 to study at the Ècole Normale de Musique in Paris. On her return to London, she studied composition and the viola at the Royal College of Music from 1926-30. Lutyens was known and respected as a creative artist for whom compromise was impossible. She was also a provocative and inspiring teacher who gave herself unstintingly to her pupils. Her output was large and varied, and the importance of her contribution to the country’s musical life was recognized in 1969, when she was made a Commander of the British Empire.