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Huw  Watkins

Born: July 13th, 1976
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Upcoming :
2019-01-22 | Manchester (United Kingdom), Stoller Hall, Chetham\'s School of Music — 19:30
2019-01-25 | Cambridge (United Kingdom), Stapleford Granary — 19.30
"Watkins’s argument — full of surprises, although easily followed — began with a throbbing crotchet pulse led by the violas, layered above with curling phrases biting each other’s tails. From this point Watkins built a fast, exciting, harmonically plush edifice, rich in calls and responses, and spiralling climaxes cut off to reveal thoughtful musings percolating underneath.” - Geoff Brown on Symphony, The Times"

 

Huw Watkins was born in Wales in 1976 and studied piano with Peter Lawson at Chetham’s School of Music and composition with Robin Holloway, Alexander Goehr and Julian Anderson at Cambridge and the Royal College of Music. In 2001 he was awarded the Constant and Kit Lambert Junior Fellowship at the Royal College of Music, where he later taught composition. He is currently Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music.

Watkins’s growing body of orchestral works includes the widely acclaimed Violin Concerto (2010) for Alina Abragimova premiered by BBC Symphony Orchestra with Edward Gardner, and two commissions from the London Symphony Orchestra, London Concerto (2005) and the Flute Concerto (2013)for Adam Walker, premiered under Daniel Harding in 2014. His longstanding relationship with BBC National Orchestra has resulted in a number of works, including a Piano Concerto (2001-5) premiered in 2002 with the composer at the piano and a Double Concerto premiered by Philip Dukes (viola) and Josephine Knight (cello). As Composer in Association (2015-2019), Watkins has written several orchestral works including the Cello Concerto for his brother, the cellist Paul Watkins, premiered at the BBC Proms under Thomas Søndergård, and Spring (2017) for orchestra commissioned by BBC Radio 3, premiered by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in January 2018 with Ryan Wigglesworth. In 2017, the Hallé Orchestra commissioned Watkins’ Symphony, premiered under Music Director Sir Mark Elder.

A wealth of chamber music is central to Watkins’ output, complementing his parallel career as a pianist. His solo violin Partita (2006) was written for Alina Ibragimova and the viola Fantasy (2006) was written for Lawrence Power. Long-time supporters the Nash Ensemble commissioned a Horn Trio, and his String Quartet for the Carducci's was a commission from the Manchester Chamber Concerts Society. Among works for his brother Paul Watkins is Blue Shadows Fall (2012-13), commissioned by Chamber Music Society Lincoln Center, who co-commissioned Watkins' Piano Quintetwith Wigmore Hall, premiered in April 2018. Upcoming works for Watkins' include Four Fables(2018) for clarinet and piano trio which will premiere at Three Choirs Festival, and subsequently tour throughout the UK.

Watkins' vocal works include In my craft or sullen art (2007) for tenor and string quartet, premiered by Mark Padmore and the Petersen Quartet at Wigmore Hall in 2006 and Five Larkin Songs (2009-10) for soprano and piano, which won a British Composer Award. Further vocal works include Remember (2014) for soprano and string orchestra written for Ruby Hughes, and Four Sonnets (2014) for tenor and piano premiered at the Cheltenham Festival in 2014 by Mark Padmore and the composer himself. In 2017 Watkins was commissioned by King's College, Cambridge to write a carol for the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.

Music Theatre Wales has commissioned two chamber operas, both with libretti by David Harsent: Crime Fiction (2008) followed by In the Locked Room (2011-12), a co-commission with Scottish Opera which received a new production at Staatsoper Hamburg in 2015 and at the Royal College of Music in July 2018.

As one of the UK’s finest pianists Watkins has premiered works by Oliver Knussen, Mark-Anthony Turnage, John Woolrich and Michael Zev Gordon and has performed concertos with numerous leading orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra and London Sinfonietta. His recordings include chamber music discs on Chandos, Signum and Nimbus, Alexander Goehr's piano cycle Symmetry Disorders Reach on Wergo and music by Knussen on NMC. His own disc of chamber music, In my craft or sullen art with NMC has been warmly praised.

1976
Born in Pontypool, Wales
1992-94
Studied piano and composition at Chetham's School of Music
1994-97
Studied composition with Alexander Goehr and Robin Holloway at Cambridge University
1997-98
Studied composition with Julian Anderson at the Royal College of Music, London
1999
Premiere of "Sonata for Cello and Eight Instruments" (Nash Ensemble)
2001
Awarded Constant and Kit Lambert Junior Fellowship at the Royal College of Music, London
2002
Premiere of "Piano Concerto" (BBC National Orchestra of Wales)
2003
Appointed Professor of Composition at the Royal College of Music, London
2005
Signed to Schott

Premiere of "London Concerto" for violin, bassoon, harp and orchestra (London Symphony Orchestra)

Premiere of "Double Concerto" for viola, cello and orchestra (BBC Proms)

Premiere of "Rondo" for chamber ensemble (Birmingham Contemporary Music Group)

Appointed Jerwood Associate Composer with Music Theatre Wales
2006
Premiere of "Partita" for solo violin (Alina Ibragimova)
2007
Premiere of In my craft or sullen art (Mark Padmore and the Petersen Quartet)
2009
Premiere of "Crime Fiction" chamber opera (Music Theatre Wales)
2010
Composer-in-Residence at the Festival "Spannungen" in Heimbach
2011
Premiere of "Violin Concerto" (Alina Abragimova)
2012
Premiere of "In the Locked Room" chamber opera (Music Theatre Wales)
2012-14
Composer in the House with Orchestra of the Swan (position created by PRS for Music Foundation in partnership with the Royal Philharmonic Society)
2013
'Huw Watkins Day' at Wigmore Hall

Composer in Residence at The International Music Seminar Prussia Cove in Cornwall, UK
2014
Premiere of Flute Concerto (Adam Walker, London Symphony Orchestra)
2015-2018
Composer-in-Association with BBC National Orchestra of Wales
2017
Premiere of Symphony (Hallé Orchestra)
2019-01-22 | Manchester (United Kingdom), Stoller Hall, Chetham\'s School of Music — 19:30
2019-01-25 | Cambridge (United Kingdom), Stapleford Granary — 19.30
2019-02-22 | New York, NY (United States of America), Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center — 19:30 | national Premiere
Conductor: Grant Llewellyn
Orchestra: Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne
2019-03-06 | Rennes (France), Couvent des Jacobins — 20.00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Grant Llewellyn
Orchestra: Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne
2019-03-07 | Rennes (France), Couvent des Jacobins — 20.00
2019-04-27 | Whitstable, Kent (United Kingdom), Whitstable Methodist Church — 19:30
Conductor: Russell Keable
Orchestra: Kensington Symphony Orchestra
2019-05-13 | London (United Kingdom), Cadogan Hall — 19:30
2019-07-14 | East Suffolk (United Kingdom), St Mary\'s Church, Cratfield — 15:00

Gallery

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  1. Coruscation and Reflection

    Coruscation and Reflection

    for violin and piano
    Download Edition
    Composer: Watkins, Huw
    Instrumentation: violin and piano
    Order No.: ED 12850 Q6281
    €9.99  *
  2. Sonata

    Sonata

    for cello and piano
    Download Edition
    Composer: Watkins, Huw
    Instrumentation: cello and piano
    Order No.: ED 12854 Q6284
    €18.99  *
  3. 2 Chorales

    2 Chorales

    for clarinet and piano
    Download Edition
    Composer: Watkins, Huw
    Instrumentation: clarinet and piano
    Order No.: ED 12931 Q6360
    €10.99  *
  4. Four Spencer Pieces

    Four Spencer Pieces

    for piano
    Download Edition
    Composer: Watkins, Huw
    Instrumentation: piano
    Order No.: ED 12970 Q6437
    €12.99  *
  5. Partita

    Partita

    for solo violin
    Download Edition
    Composer: Watkins, Huw
    Instrumentation: violin
    Order No.: ED 12973 Q6450
    €8.99  *
  6. Pièce d'orgue

    Pièce d'orgue

    for organ
    Download Edition
    Composer: Watkins, Huw
    Instrumentation: organ
    Order No.: ED 12972 Q6452
    €5.99  *
  7. Dream

    Dream

    for clarinet, violin and piano
    Download Edition
    Composer: Watkins, Huw
    Instrumentation: clarinet, violin and piano
    Edition: score and parts
    Order No.: ED 13052 Q6550
    €12.99  *
  8. Fantasy

    Fantasy

    for viola and piano
    Download Edition
    Composer: Watkins, Huw
    Instrumentation: viola and piano
    Order No.: ED 13055 Q6554
    €10.99  *
  9. In my craft or sullen art

    In my craft or sullen art

    Goodison Quartet No. 4
    Download Edition
    Composer: Watkins, Huw
    Instrumentation: tenor and string quartet
    Edition: score and parts
    Language: English
    Order No.: ED 13085 Q6583
    €50.99  *
  10. Fanfares

    Fanfares

    for soprano saxophone and piano
    Download Edition
    Composer: Watkins, Huw
    Instrumentation: soprano saxophone and piano
    Order No.: ED 13078 Q6594
    €12.99  *

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"Watkins’s argument — full of surprises, although easily followed — began with a throbbing crotchet pulse led by the violas, layered above with curling phrases biting each other’s tails. From this point Watkins built a fast, exciting, harmonically plush edifice, rich in calls and responses, and spiralling climaxes cut off to reveal thoughtful musings percolating underneath.” - Geoff Brown on Symphony, The Times"

 

Huw Watkins was born in Wales in 1976 and studied piano with Peter Lawson at Chetham’s School of Music and composition with Robin Holloway, Alexander Goehr and Julian Anderson at Cambridge and the Royal College of Music. In 2001 he was awarded the Constant and Kit Lambert Junior Fellowship at the Royal College of Music, where he later taught composition. He is currently Professor of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music.

Watkins’s growing body of orchestral works includes the widely acclaimed Violin Concerto (2010) for Alina Abragimova premiered by BBC Symphony Orchestra with Edward Gardner, and two commissions from the London Symphony Orchestra, London Concerto (2005) and the Flute Concerto (2013)for Adam Walker, premiered under Daniel Harding in 2014. His longstanding relationship with BBC National Orchestra has resulted in a number of works, including a Piano Concerto (2001-5) premiered in 2002 with the composer at the piano and a Double Concerto premiered by Philip Dukes (viola) and Josephine Knight (cello). As Composer in Association (2015-2019), Watkins has written several orchestral works including the Cello Concerto for his brother, the cellist Paul Watkins, premiered at the BBC Proms under Thomas Søndergård, and Spring (2017) for orchestra commissioned by BBC Radio 3, premiered by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales in January 2018 with Ryan Wigglesworth. In 2017, the Hallé Orchestra commissioned Watkins’ Symphony, premiered under Music Director Sir Mark Elder.

A wealth of chamber music is central to Watkins’ output, complementing his parallel career as a pianist. His solo violin Partita (2006) was written for Alina Ibragimova and the viola Fantasy (2006) was written for Lawrence Power. Long-time supporters the Nash Ensemble commissioned a Horn Trio, and his String Quartet for the Carducci's was a commission from the Manchester Chamber Concerts Society. Among works for his brother Paul Watkins is Blue Shadows Fall (2012-13), commissioned by Chamber Music Society Lincoln Center, who co-commissioned Watkins' Piano Quintetwith Wigmore Hall, premiered in April 2018. Upcoming works for Watkins' include Four Fables(2018) for clarinet and piano trio which will premiere at Three Choirs Festival, and subsequently tour throughout the UK.

Watkins' vocal works include In my craft or sullen art (2007) for tenor and string quartet, premiered by Mark Padmore and the Petersen Quartet at Wigmore Hall in 2006 and Five Larkin Songs (2009-10) for soprano and piano, which won a British Composer Award. Further vocal works include Remember (2014) for soprano and string orchestra written for Ruby Hughes, and Four Sonnets (2014) for tenor and piano premiered at the Cheltenham Festival in 2014 by Mark Padmore and the composer himself. In 2017 Watkins was commissioned by King's College, Cambridge to write a carol for the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.

Music Theatre Wales has commissioned two chamber operas, both with libretti by David Harsent: Crime Fiction (2008) followed by In the Locked Room (2011-12), a co-commission with Scottish Opera which received a new production at Staatsoper Hamburg in 2015 and at the Royal College of Music in July 2018.

As one of the UK’s finest pianists Watkins has premiered works by Oliver Knussen, Mark-Anthony Turnage, John Woolrich and Michael Zev Gordon and has performed concertos with numerous leading orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra and London Sinfonietta. His recordings include chamber music discs on Chandos, Signum and Nimbus, Alexander Goehr's piano cycle Symmetry Disorders Reach on Wergo and music by Knussen on NMC. His own disc of chamber music, In my craft or sullen art with NMC has been warmly praised.

Works
Chronology
1976
Born in Pontypool, Wales
1992-94
Studied piano and composition at Chetham's School of Music
1994-97
Studied composition with Alexander Goehr and Robin Holloway at Cambridge University
1997-98
Studied composition with Julian Anderson at the Royal College of Music, London
1999
Premiere of "Sonata for Cello and Eight Instruments" (Nash Ensemble)
2001
Awarded Constant and Kit Lambert Junior Fellowship at the Royal College of Music, London
2002
Premiere of "Piano Concerto" (BBC National Orchestra of Wales)
2003
Appointed Professor of Composition at the Royal College of Music, London
2005
Signed to Schott

Premiere of "London Concerto" for violin, bassoon, harp and orchestra (London Symphony Orchestra)

Premiere of "Double Concerto" for viola, cello and orchestra (BBC Proms)

Premiere of "Rondo" for chamber ensemble (Birmingham Contemporary Music Group)

Appointed Jerwood Associate Composer with Music Theatre Wales
2006
Premiere of "Partita" for solo violin (Alina Ibragimova)
2007
Premiere of In my craft or sullen art (Mark Padmore and the Petersen Quartet)
2009
Premiere of "Crime Fiction" chamber opera (Music Theatre Wales)
2010
Composer-in-Residence at the Festival "Spannungen" in Heimbach
2011
Premiere of "Violin Concerto" (Alina Abragimova)
2012
Premiere of "In the Locked Room" chamber opera (Music Theatre Wales)
2012-14
Composer in the House with Orchestra of the Swan (position created by PRS for Music Foundation in partnership with the Royal Philharmonic Society)
2013
'Huw Watkins Day' at Wigmore Hall

Composer in Residence at The International Music Seminar Prussia Cove in Cornwall, UK
2014
Premiere of Flute Concerto (Adam Walker, London Symphony Orchestra)
2015-2018
Composer-in-Association with BBC National Orchestra of Wales
2017
Premiere of Symphony (Hallé Orchestra)
Performances
2019-01-22 | Manchester (United Kingdom), Stoller Hall, Chetham\'s School of Music — 19:30
2019-01-25 | Cambridge (United Kingdom), Stapleford Granary — 19.30
2019-02-22 | New York, NY (United States of America), Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center — 19:30 | national Premiere
Conductor: Grant Llewellyn
Orchestra: Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne
2019-03-06 | Rennes (France), Couvent des Jacobins — 20.00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Grant Llewellyn
Orchestra: Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne
2019-03-07 | Rennes (France), Couvent des Jacobins — 20.00
2019-04-27 | Whitstable, Kent (United Kingdom), Whitstable Methodist Church — 19:30
Conductor: Russell Keable
Orchestra: Kensington Symphony Orchestra
2019-05-13 | London (United Kingdom), Cadogan Hall — 19:30
2019-07-14 | East Suffolk (United Kingdom), St Mary\'s Church, Cratfield — 15:00
Gallery

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Products

per page
  1. Coruscation and Reflection

    Coruscation and Reflection

    for violin and piano
    Download Edition
    Composer: Watkins, Huw
    Instrumentation: violin and piano
    Order No.: ED 12850 Q6281
    €9.99  *
  2. Sonata

    Sonata

    for cello and piano
    Download Edition
    Composer: Watkins, Huw
    Instrumentation: cello and piano
    Order No.: ED 12854 Q6284
    €18.99  *
  3. 2 Chorales

    2 Chorales

    for clarinet and piano
    Download Edition
    Composer: Watkins, Huw
    Instrumentation: clarinet and piano
    Order No.: ED 12931 Q6360
    €10.99  *
  4. Four Spencer Pieces

    Four Spencer Pieces

    for piano
    Download Edition
    Composer: Watkins, Huw
    Instrumentation: piano
    Order No.: ED 12970 Q6437
    €12.99  *
  5. Partita

    Partita

    for solo violin
    Download Edition
    Composer: Watkins, Huw
    Instrumentation: violin
    Order No.: ED 12973 Q6450
    €8.99  *
  6. Pièce d'orgue

    Pièce d'orgue

    for organ
    Download Edition
    Composer: Watkins, Huw
    Instrumentation: organ
    Order No.: ED 12972 Q6452
    €5.99  *
  7. Dream

    Dream

    for clarinet, violin and piano
    Download Edition
    Composer: Watkins, Huw
    Instrumentation: clarinet, violin and piano
    Edition: score and parts
    Order No.: ED 13052 Q6550
    €12.99  *
  8. Fantasy

    Fantasy

    for viola and piano
    Download Edition
    Composer: Watkins, Huw
    Instrumentation: viola and piano
    Order No.: ED 13055 Q6554
    €10.99  *
  9. In my craft or sullen art

    In my craft or sullen art

    Goodison Quartet No. 4
    Download Edition
    Composer: Watkins, Huw
    Instrumentation: tenor and string quartet
    Edition: score and parts
    Language: English
    Order No.: ED 13085 Q6583
    €50.99  *
  10. Fanfares

    Fanfares

    for soprano saxophone and piano
    Download Edition
    Composer: Watkins, Huw
    Instrumentation: soprano saxophone and piano
    Order No.: ED 13078 Q6594
    €12.99  *

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