Brian Ferneyhough (b. England, 1943) studied at the Birmingham School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music in London before leaving England in 1968 to study in Amsterdam and then in Basel. He has received several awards and distinctions, notably the Gaudeamus Competition (1968-1970). From 1973 to 1999, Ferneyhough taught and worked with numerous institutions including the Musikhochschule in Freiburg-im-Breisgau, the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, and the University of California at San Diego, before becoming a professor at Stanford University. His vocation for teaching has led him to teach in different locations and he is often a guest instructor for the world's most prestigious institutions and universities. In 2007, Ferneyhough received the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize for lifetime achievement.