Michael Ellison teaches composition at the University of Bristol. From 2002 to 2010 he taught at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Music at Istanbul Teknik Üniversitesi. He is co-director of the Hezarfen Ensemble. In many of his works, Ellison has researched the influences of different cultures in the melting pot of Istanbul. His highly individual compositions are rich in colour and contrasts and have an atmospheric character. He has produced works for music theatre, orchestra and ensembles, bringing Western and Turkish instruments into a dialogue. His music is played in the USA as well as in Europe: performances have taken place at the Rotterdam Operadagen, the Istanbul Music Festival and the Ojai Festival in southern California.