Born in Newcastle, John Stringer studied at Huddersfield and York. As a composer, his work has been performed by ensembles such as the Orchestra of Opera North, Philharmonia and BBC Symphony Orchestras, Basel Soloists, Corrente Ensemble, Black Hair, New Music Players, de ereprijs, Apollo Saxophone Quartet and 4Mality Percussion Quartet. As a conductor he has conducted contemporary music ensembles such as Black Hair and the New Music Players as well as groups such as the Philharmonia Orchestra. He has worked with Jonathan Harvey, James Wood, Hanna Kulenty, Richard Ayres, Hans Abrahamsen, Stephen Montague, Robert Saxton and Karlheinz Stockhausen, Liza Lim, Nicola LeFanu amongst others. He has conducted UK premieres of works by Henze, Francesconi, Murail, Vasks, Lim and premieres and other performances of a wide range of contemporary music. His compositions have been performed in Japan, America and across Europe. In 2014 Dark Inventions released a recording of Hinterland. He is a Senior Lecturer at the University of York where he conducts the University Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. He is also an associate conductor of the City of Leeds Youth Orchestra.