John Palmer started playing the piano at the age of 6 and composing at the age of 15. He graduated in Piano Studies from the Lucerne Conservatoire, having undertaken courses in composition with Edison Denisov and Vinko Globokar. Back to London, he undertook postgraduate studies in Composition at Trinity College of Music and completed a PhD in Composition at City University. Further studies include composition with Jonathan Harvey and conducting with Alan Hazeldine at the Guildhall School of Music. From 1976 he has been active in different genres, from songwriting to instrumental, choral, chamber and orchestral composition, and as a pianist in performance of experimental music, free-jazz and contemporary music. Since the late eighties he has focused on acoustic and electroacoustic composition. In 1991 John Palmer founded Vision Studios for recording and production of electroacoustic music. He has produced most of his CDs recordings on the Animato, Sargasso, Taukay, Electroschock, Living Artists and Synthése labels. Palmer's book on Jonathan Harvey's Bhakti was published by the Edwin Mellen Press in 2001. In 2013 he founded Vision Edition, a publishing environment for the discussion and practice of new music including music education. He has been a Lecturer at Oxford University (1991-1995), a Senior Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire (1995-2000) and since 2000 Professor at the University of Music of Stuttgart.