ENO, Brian Peter George St. John le Baptiste de la Salle

1948 - ?

Brian Eno

Born at Phyllis Memorial Hospital, Woodbridge, Suffolk on 15 May 1948 and baptised Brian Peter George Eno, son of William Eno and his wife Maria née Buslot, who married in Belgium in 1946. Educated at St Joseph's College, Birkfield, Ipswich, which was founded by the St John le Baptiste de la Salle order of Catholic brothers (from whom he took his additional name when a student) and at Ipswich Art School in Roy Ascott's Groundcourse, and then studied at Colchester Institute art school, Essex taking inspiration from minimalist painting. During his time on the art course at the Institute, he also gained experience in playing and making music through teaching sessions held in the adjacent music school. He then went to the Winchester School of Art, graduating in 1969. St Joseph's College teacher and painter, Tom Phillips, encouraged him, and from that collaboration, he became involved in Cornelius Cardew's Scratch Orchestra. An English musician, composer, record producer, singer, and visual artist, known as one of the principal innovators of ambient music. He joined the band Roxy Music as synthesiser player in the early 1970s. Roxy Music's success in the glam rock scene came quickly, but Eno soon tired of touring and of conflicts with lead singer Bryan Ferry. By the end of the 1970s, Eno had worked with David Bowie on the seminal 'Berlin Trilogy' and helped popularise the American band Devo and the punk-influenced 'No Wave' genre and produced seven albums for U2, including 'The Joshua Tree' (1987). Eno pursues multimedia ventures in parallel to his music career, including art installations, a newspaper column in 'The Observer', a regular column on society and innovation in 'Prospect' magazine, and 'Oblique Strategies' (written with Peter Schmidt). Eno continues to collaborate with other musicians, produce records, release his own music, and write.