Rufus Elliot is a composer and improviser from Tower Hamlets, based in Glasgow.
Rufus has written funerary music for doomed spaceships and orchestral music about rotting seaweed. Rufus was composer-in-residence with the Nevis Ensemble for 2019, creating a new work for their summer tour of the Hebrides. Rufus' work is concerned with testimony, the conditions in which one speaks out, and how those stories are passed on. Current projects include a new album with composer/violinist Harry Gorski-Brown, and a new longer-form piece with mezzo-soprano Lea Shaw.
Recent collaborations have included joint composition and performance work with artist Iman Tajik and composer Fergus Hall, and several projects with poet Ella Frears. Rufus has performed as an improviser both as an instrumentalist and as a laptop performer, and as a performer in diverse experimental contexts, from Fluxus concert works to site-specific performance events.
Rufus has recently completed a masters degree in composition at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, studying with David Fennessy. Its postgraduate studies were supported by the EMI Sound Foundation and by a postgraduate scholarship from the RCS Trust. In 2017, Rufus graduated from the University of Oxford with first class honours.