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Mark-Anthony  Turnage

Born: June 10th, 1960
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Upcoming :
Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra: Antwerp Symphony Orchestra
2018-05-05 | Antwerp (Belgium), Koningin Elisabethzaal — 20:00
Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
2018-09-16 | London (United Kingdom), Barbican — 19:00
A composer of truly international stature, Mark-Anthony Turnage is among the most relevant communicators and creators of today. His orchestral and operatic music is often forthright and confrontational, unafraid to mirror the realities of modern life, yet its energy is exhilarating. With his flair for vivid titles, and his complete absorption of jazz elements into a contemporary classical style, Turnage produces work with a strong appeal to an enquiring, often young audience. At the same time his music is capable of expressing deep tenderness, especially emotions associated with loss.

Born in Britain in 1960, Turnage studied with Oliver Knussen and John Lambert, and later with Gunther Schuller. With the encouragement of Hans Werner Henze, he wrote his first opera for the Munich Biennale festival, Greek, which received a triumphant premiere in 1988. The many ensuing productions worldwide established Turnage’s international reputation. The important works that followed, Three Screaming Popes, Kai, Momentum and Drowned Out, stemmed from a four-year period as Composer in Association with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle, from 1989 to 1993.

Three years later Blood on the Floor was commissioned by Ensemble Modern. Written for John Scofield, Peter Erskine and Martin Robertson, it demonstrates Turnage’s ability to draw inspiration from the unique sounds of particular performers, often working in close collaboration.

Turnage’s major work in the late Nineties was his second full-length opera, The Silver Tassie, premiered in February 2000 to exceptional acclaim at English National Opera, where he was Composer in Association. It won both the South Bank Show and Olivier Awards for Opera in 2001.

The new century also brought Turnage’s appointment in 2000 as the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s first Associate Composer culminating in a major Turnage weekend at the Barbican in January 2003.

In the autumn of 2002, Sir Simon Rattle conducted Blood on the Floor at one of his first concerts as Chief Conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, attracting a largely new, younger audience to the Berlin Philharmonie and generating the Berlin Philharmonic’s first major education project. Rattle and the Berlin Philarmonic have commissioned Ceres, an "orchestral asteroid" which received its premiere performance in March 2007. Other significant works from the new century include Bass Inventions, premiered by the bass player Dave Holland in Amsterdam in May 2001, and Scorched, co-written with John Scofield for jazz trio and orchestra, premiered in September 2002 with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and Big Band conducted by Hugh Wolff.

Working during the 04/05 season with the London Philharmonic led to Turnage's appointment as Composer in Residence with the London Philharmonic from 2006 to 2010. The residency was celebrated with Turnage's first violin concerto (Mambo, Blues and Tarnatella) written for Christian Teztlaff and the LPO with Vladimir Jurowski and premiered at the South Bank Centre in September 2009, with subsequent performances in Stockholm and Toronto from the co-comissioning partners.

Turnage was also appointed Mead Composer in Residence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 2006 to 2010 during which time the CSO gave the US premiere of Scorched under Steven Sloane.

Much of Turnage’s music is recorded on Decca, Chandos and Black Box. Scorched, on Deutsche Grammophon, was nominated for a Grammy, while Etudes and Elegies is out on Warner. Turnage is Research Fellow in Composition at the Royal College of Music.

  •  Mark-Anthony Turnage is represented by Cathy Nelson Artists and Projects
  •  Mark-Anthony Turnage is also published by Boosey & Hawkes

  • 1960
    Born 10 June at Corringham, in Essex
    1966
    Begins piano lessons
    1969
    First attempts at composition
    1974
    Accepted by the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music; studies composition with Oliver Knussen
    1981
    "Night Dances" awarded the Guinness Prize for composition
    1982
    First performances of "Night Dances" for orchestra by the London Sinfonietta

    "Entranced" for piano
    1983
    Wins a Mendelssohn Scholarship enabling him to attend the Tanglewood Summer School, where he studies with Gunther Schuller and informally with Hans Werner Henze

    "Lament for a Hanging Man" commissioned by Gemini
    1985
    "On All Fours", commissioned by the London Sinfonietta

    Henze commissions the opera "Greek" for the Munich Biennale

    Feeney Trust commissions "Three Screaming Popes" for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
    1987
    "Release", composed for a BBC Television documentary as part of the 'Sound on Film' series
    1988
    First performance of "Greek" at the Munich Biennale; UK premiere at the Edinburgh Festival
    1989
    "Three Screaming Popes" first performed in Birmingham
    1990
    Becomes Composer-in-Association with the CBSO; "Kai", for cello and ensemble, written for the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
    1991
    "Momentum", commissioned for the opening of Symphony Hall, Birmingham

    "Some Days" premiered at the BBC Proms
    1992
    "Leaving", composed for the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus
    1993
    "Drowned Out" marks the end of Birmingham residency; "Your Rockaby", for soprano saxophone and orchestra completed
    1995
    Becomes Composer-in-Association at English National Opera

    "Dispelling the Fears" (orchestral version)
    1996
    First complete performance of "Blood on the Floor"
    1997
    Aldeburgh Festival premieres of "Twice through the Heart" and "The Country of the Blind"

    Begins compostion of "The Silver Tassie"
    1998
    "Silent Cities", for orchestra premiered in Tokyo
    1999
    Completes "The Silver Tassie"

    "About Time", for ensemble and period-instrument orchestra

    "Your Rockaby" featured in BBC TV documentary series 'Six Pieces of Britain'
    2000-2003
    Associate Composer with the BBC Symphony Orchestra
    2001
    Premiere of "The Silver Tassie" at ENO

    "The Silver Tassie" wins a South Bank Show Award and Olivier Award for opera.
    2002
    "Scorched" for jazz trio and orchestra

    Simon Rattle performs "Blood on the Floor" in his opening concerts as Chief Conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic.
    2003
    Major retrospective at the Barbican Centre, London in conjunction with the BBC

    Signs to Boosey & Hawkes
    2004
    Composer in Residence at the Mortizburg Festival
    2005
    "Scorched" nominated for two Grammys

    Appointed Research Fellow in Composition at the Royal College of Music, London

    Featured Composer at the Sounds New Festival in Canterbury
    2006
    Lecturer at Tanglewood
    2006-2010
    Mead Composer-in-Residence, Chicago Symphony Orchestra

    Composer in Residence, London Philharmonic Orchestra
    2007
    Composer in Residence at the Risør Festival, Norway
    2010
    Composer in Residence with the Dutch Youth Orchestra

    Composer in Residence, Cabrillo Music Festival, California
    2011
    Featured Composer at Music@Malling Festival in Kent, UK

    Awarded Honorary Doctor of Music from Anglia Ruskin University

    Honorary Doctor of Music from Royal Holloway, University of London
    Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
    Orchestra: Antwerp Symphony Orchestra
    2018-05-05 | Antwerp (Belgium), Koningin Elisabethzaal — 20:00
    Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle
    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
    2018-09-16 | London (United Kingdom), Barbican — 19:00
    Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth
    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra
    2018-11-10 | London (United Kingdom), Barbican — 19:00

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    1. 2 Memorials

      2 Memorials

      for solo soprano saxophone or clarinet
      Download Edition
      Instrumentation: soprano saxophone (clarinet) solo
      Order No.: ED 12692
      €5.99  *
    2. True Life Stories

      True Life Stories

      Five Meditations
      Download Edition
      Instrumentation: piano
      Order No.: ED 12677
      €9.99  *
    3. The Torn Fields

      The Torn Fields

      for baritone and large ensemble
      Download Edition
      Instrumentation: baritone and ensemble
      Edition: vocal/piano score
      Language: English
      Order No.: ED 12741
      €27.99  *
    4. Two Vocalises

      Two Vocalises

      for cello and piano
      Download Edition
      Instrumentation: cello and piano
      Order No.: ED 12840
      €12.99  *
    5. Cortège for Chris

      Cortège for Chris

      for clarinet, cello and piano
      Download Edition
      Instrumentation: clarinet, cello and piano
      Edition: score and parts
      Order No.: ED 12930
      €9.99  *
    6. Kai

      Kai

      for solo cello and ensemble
      Download Edition
      Instrumentation: cello and ensemble
      Edition: piano reduction with solo part
      Order No.: ED 13102
      €30.99  *
    7. On Opened Ground

      On Opened Ground

      concerto for viola and orchestra
      Download Edition
      Instrumentation: viola and orchestra
      Edition: piano reduction with solo part
      Order No.: ED 13249
      €27.99  *
    8. Snapshots

      Snapshots

      for large ensemble
      Download Edition
      Instrumentation: ensemble
      Edition: study score
      Order No.: ED 13675
      €9.99  *
    9. Silent Cities

      Silent Cities

      Variants surrounding a tune by John Scofield
      Download Edition
      Instrumentation: orchestra
      Edition: study score
      Order No.: ED 12678
      €37.99  *
    10. Some Days

      Some Days

      for mezzo-soprano and orchestra
      Download Edition
      Instrumentation: mezzo-soprano and orchestra
      Edition: study score
      Order No.: ED 12384
      €18.99  *

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    Profile
    A composer of truly international stature, Mark-Anthony Turnage is among the most relevant communicators and creators of today. His orchestral and operatic music is often forthright and confrontational, unafraid to mirror the realities of modern life, yet its energy is exhilarating. With his flair for vivid titles, and his complete absorption of jazz elements into a contemporary classical style, Turnage produces work with a strong appeal to an enquiring, often young audience. At the same time his music is capable of expressing deep tenderness, especially emotions associated with loss.

    Born in Britain in 1960, Turnage studied with Oliver Knussen and John Lambert, and later with Gunther Schuller. With the encouragement of Hans Werner Henze, he wrote his first opera for the Munich Biennale festival, Greek, which received a triumphant premiere in 1988. The many ensuing productions worldwide established Turnage’s international reputation. The important works that followed, Three Screaming Popes, Kai, Momentum and Drowned Out, stemmed from a four-year period as Composer in Association with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle, from 1989 to 1993.

    Three years later Blood on the Floor was commissioned by Ensemble Modern. Written for John Scofield, Peter Erskine and Martin Robertson, it demonstrates Turnage’s ability to draw inspiration from the unique sounds of particular performers, often working in close collaboration.

    Turnage’s major work in the late Nineties was his second full-length opera, The Silver Tassie, premiered in February 2000 to exceptional acclaim at English National Opera, where he was Composer in Association. It won both the South Bank Show and Olivier Awards for Opera in 2001.

    The new century also brought Turnage’s appointment in 2000 as the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s first Associate Composer culminating in a major Turnage weekend at the Barbican in January 2003.

    In the autumn of 2002, Sir Simon Rattle conducted Blood on the Floor at one of his first concerts as Chief Conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic, attracting a largely new, younger audience to the Berlin Philharmonie and generating the Berlin Philharmonic’s first major education project. Rattle and the Berlin Philarmonic have commissioned Ceres, an "orchestral asteroid" which received its premiere performance in March 2007. Other significant works from the new century include Bass Inventions, premiered by the bass player Dave Holland in Amsterdam in May 2001, and Scorched, co-written with John Scofield for jazz trio and orchestra, premiered in September 2002 with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and Big Band conducted by Hugh Wolff.

    Working during the 04/05 season with the London Philharmonic led to Turnage's appointment as Composer in Residence with the London Philharmonic from 2006 to 2010. The residency was celebrated with Turnage's first violin concerto (Mambo, Blues and Tarnatella) written for Christian Teztlaff and the LPO with Vladimir Jurowski and premiered at the South Bank Centre in September 2009, with subsequent performances in Stockholm and Toronto from the co-comissioning partners.

    Turnage was also appointed Mead Composer in Residence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 2006 to 2010 during which time the CSO gave the US premiere of Scorched under Steven Sloane.

    Much of Turnage’s music is recorded on Decca, Chandos and Black Box. Scorched, on Deutsche Grammophon, was nominated for a Grammy, while Etudes and Elegies is out on Warner. Turnage is Research Fellow in Composition at the Royal College of Music.

  •  Mark-Anthony Turnage is represented by Cathy Nelson Artists and Projects
  •  Mark-Anthony Turnage is also published by Boosey & Hawkes

  • Works
    Chronology
    1960
    Born 10 June at Corringham, in Essex
    1966
    Begins piano lessons
    1969
    First attempts at composition
    1974
    Accepted by the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music; studies composition with Oliver Knussen
    1981
    "Night Dances" awarded the Guinness Prize for composition
    1982
    First performances of "Night Dances" for orchestra by the London Sinfonietta

    "Entranced" for piano
    1983
    Wins a Mendelssohn Scholarship enabling him to attend the Tanglewood Summer School, where he studies with Gunther Schuller and informally with Hans Werner Henze

    "Lament for a Hanging Man" commissioned by Gemini
    1985
    "On All Fours", commissioned by the London Sinfonietta

    Henze commissions the opera "Greek" for the Munich Biennale

    Feeney Trust commissions "Three Screaming Popes" for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
    1987
    "Release", composed for a BBC Television documentary as part of the 'Sound on Film' series
    1988
    First performance of "Greek" at the Munich Biennale; UK premiere at the Edinburgh Festival
    1989
    "Three Screaming Popes" first performed in Birmingham
    1990
    Becomes Composer-in-Association with the CBSO; "Kai", for cello and ensemble, written for the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group
    1991
    "Momentum", commissioned for the opening of Symphony Hall, Birmingham

    "Some Days" premiered at the BBC Proms
    1992
    "Leaving", composed for the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus
    1993
    "Drowned Out" marks the end of Birmingham residency; "Your Rockaby", for soprano saxophone and orchestra completed
    1995
    Becomes Composer-in-Association at English National Opera

    "Dispelling the Fears" (orchestral version)
    1996
    First complete performance of "Blood on the Floor"
    1997
    Aldeburgh Festival premieres of "Twice through the Heart" and "The Country of the Blind"

    Begins compostion of "The Silver Tassie"
    1998
    "Silent Cities", for orchestra premiered in Tokyo
    1999
    Completes "The Silver Tassie"

    "About Time", for ensemble and period-instrument orchestra

    "Your Rockaby" featured in BBC TV documentary series 'Six Pieces of Britain'
    2000-2003
    Associate Composer with the BBC Symphony Orchestra
    2001
    Premiere of "The Silver Tassie" at ENO

    "The Silver Tassie" wins a South Bank Show Award and Olivier Award for opera.
    2002
    "Scorched" for jazz trio and orchestra

    Simon Rattle performs "Blood on the Floor" in his opening concerts as Chief Conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic.
    2003
    Major retrospective at the Barbican Centre, London in conjunction with the BBC

    Signs to Boosey & Hawkes
    2004
    Composer in Residence at the Mortizburg Festival
    2005
    "Scorched" nominated for two Grammys

    Appointed Research Fellow in Composition at the Royal College of Music, London

    Featured Composer at the Sounds New Festival in Canterbury
    2006
    Lecturer at Tanglewood
    2006-2010
    Mead Composer-in-Residence, Chicago Symphony Orchestra

    Composer in Residence, London Philharmonic Orchestra
    2007
    Composer in Residence at the Risør Festival, Norway
    2010
    Composer in Residence with the Dutch Youth Orchestra

    Composer in Residence, Cabrillo Music Festival, California
    2011
    Featured Composer at Music@Malling Festival in Kent, UK

    Awarded Honorary Doctor of Music from Anglia Ruskin University

    Honorary Doctor of Music from Royal Holloway, University of London
    Performances
    Conductor: Martyn Brabbins
    Orchestra: Antwerp Symphony Orchestra
    2018-05-05 | Antwerp (Belgium), Koningin Elisabethzaal — 20:00
    Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle
    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
    2018-09-16 | London (United Kingdom), Barbican — 19:00
    Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth
    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra
    2018-11-10 | London (United Kingdom), Barbican — 19:00
    Gallery Products

    per page
    1. 2 Memorials

      2 Memorials

      for solo soprano saxophone or clarinet
      Download Edition
      Instrumentation: soprano saxophone (clarinet) solo
      Order No.: ED 12692
      €5.99  *
    2. True Life Stories

      True Life Stories

      Five Meditations
      Download Edition
      Instrumentation: piano
      Order No.: ED 12677
      €9.99  *
    3. The Torn Fields

      The Torn Fields

      for baritone and large ensemble
      Download Edition
      Instrumentation: baritone and ensemble
      Edition: vocal/piano score
      Language: English
      Order No.: ED 12741
      €27.99  *
    4. Two Vocalises

      Two Vocalises

      for cello and piano
      Download Edition
      Instrumentation: cello and piano
      Order No.: ED 12840
      €12.99  *
    5. Cortège for Chris

      Cortège for Chris

      for clarinet, cello and piano
      Download Edition
      Instrumentation: clarinet, cello and piano
      Edition: score and parts
      Order No.: ED 12930
      €9.99  *
    6. Kai

      Kai

      for solo cello and ensemble
      Download Edition
      Instrumentation: cello and ensemble
      Edition: piano reduction with solo part
      Order No.: ED 13102
      €30.99  *
    7. On Opened Ground

      On Opened Ground

      concerto for viola and orchestra
      Download Edition
      Instrumentation: viola and orchestra
      Edition: piano reduction with solo part
      Order No.: ED 13249
      €27.99  *
    8. Snapshots

      Snapshots

      for large ensemble
      Download Edition
      Instrumentation: ensemble
      Edition: study score
      Order No.: ED 13675
      €9.99  *
    9. Silent Cities

      Silent Cities

      Variants surrounding a tune by John Scofield
      Download Edition
      Instrumentation: orchestra
      Edition: study score
      Order No.: ED 12678
      €37.99  *
    10. Some Days

      Some Days

      for mezzo-soprano and orchestra
      Download Edition
      Instrumentation: mezzo-soprano and orchestra
      Edition: study score
      Order No.: ED 12384
      €18.99  *

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