Internationally acclaimed British composer NICHOLAS MAW has died of heart failure, aged 73.
Maw died on Tuesday (19May09) at his home in Washington, D.C. He suffered with complications of diabetes and dementia, according to a spokesperson for his publisher, Faber Music.
He was honoured in 1993 - three decades after his earliest success with Scenes and Arias, which he composed for the BBC - when The Violin Concerto he wrote for violinist Joshua Bell won Bell a Grammy Award.
Maw is also known for his orchestral pieces, including 1987's Odyssey, 1988's The World in the Evening and his opera Sophies Choice - composed over six years after watching the 1982 film by the same name. The opera premiered at London's Covent Garden in 2002.
Maw taught composition at Maryland's Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University until the time of his death.