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Huw  Watkins

Born: July 13th, 1976
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Upcoming :
Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth
2018-01-31 | Wales (United Kingdom), Huddinott Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Gábor Takács-Nagy
Orchestra: Sinfonia Cymru
2018-03-01 | Newtown (United Kingdom), Theatr Hafren — 19:45
"In this disc [NMC D164 Huw Watkins: In my craft or sullen art] the listener finds a sensitive and emotive portrait of a composer with the courage to write with clarity of gesture and harmony that lays the music bare. That courage, combined with Watkins’ technique grants the listner immediate access to music with depth of thought and subtlety of execution that continues to reward more deeply on each successive listening” Aaron Holloway-Nahum, Tempo

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 new 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) conducted by Jac van Steen. As Composer in Association (2015-2019), Watkins has written several new orchestral works including the Cello Concerto for his brother, the cellist Paul Watkins, premiered at the BBC Proms under Thomas Søndergård. 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. Among works for his brother Paul Watkins is Blue Shadows Fall (2012-13), commissioned by Chamber Music Society Lincoln Center. 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.

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. More recent 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.

Music Theatre Wales has commissioned two chamber operas, both with libretti by David Harsent: Crime Fiction and In the Locked Room, a co-commission with Scottish Opera which received a new production at Staatsoper Hamburg in 2015.

As one of the UK’s finest young pianists Watkins has premiered works by Oliver Knussen, Mark-Anthony Turnage, John Woolrich and Michael Zev Gordon and has performed concertos with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra of the Swan. 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)
Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth
2018-01-31 | Wales (United Kingdom), Huddinott Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Gábor Takács-Nagy
Orchestra: Sinfonia Cymru
2018-03-01 | Newtown (United Kingdom), Theatr Hafren — 19:45
Conductor: Gábor Takács-Nagy
Orchestra: Sinfonia Cymru
2018-03-02 | Cardiff (United Kingdom), Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama — 19:30
Conductor: Gábor Takács-Nagy
Orchestra: Sinfonia Cymru
2018-03-03 | Newport (United Kingdom), The Riverfront — 19:00
Conductor: Gábor Takács-Nagy
Orchestra: Sinfonia Cymru
2018-03-04 | Mold (United Kingdom), Theatr Clwyd — 19:30

Gallery

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  1. Tarantella

    Tarantella

    for violin and piano
    Composer: Watkins, Huw
    Instrumentation: violin and piano
    Order No.: ED 12855
    €21.50
  2. Coruscation and Reflection

    Coruscation and Reflection

    for violin and piano
    Composer: Watkins, Huw
    Instrumentation: violin and piano
    Order No.: ED 12850
    €12.50
  3. Sonata

    Sonata

    for cello and piano
    Composer: Watkins, Huw
    Instrumentation: cello and piano
    Order No.: ED 12854
    €23.50
  4. Romance

    Romance

    for violin and piano
    Composer: Watkins, Huw
    Instrumentation: violin and piano
    Order No.: ED 12865
    €14.00
  5. 2 Chorales

    2 Chorales

    for clarinet and piano
    Composer: Watkins, Huw
    Instrumentation: clarinet and piano
    Order No.: ED 12931
    €14.00
  6. Suite for Harp

    Suite for Harp

    Composer: Watkins, Huw
    Instrumentation: harp
    Order No.: ED 12974
    €12.50
  7. Four Spencer Pieces

    Four Spencer Pieces

    for piano
    Composer: Watkins, Huw
    Instrumentation: piano
    Order No.: ED 12970
    €16.00
  8. Partita

    Partita

    for solo violin
    Composer: Watkins, Huw
    Instrumentation: violin
    Order No.: ED 12973
    €11.00
  9. Pièce d'orgue

    Pièce d'orgue

    for organ
    Composer: Watkins, Huw
    Instrumentation: organ
    Order No.: ED 12972
    €7.50
  10. Dream

    Dream

    for clarinet, violin and piano
    Composer: Watkins, Huw
    Instrumentation: clarinet, violin and piano
    Edition: score and parts
    Order No.: ED 13052
    €16.00

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Profile
"In this disc [NMC D164 Huw Watkins: In my craft or sullen art] the listener finds a sensitive and emotive portrait of a composer with the courage to write with clarity of gesture and harmony that lays the music bare. That courage, combined with Watkins’ technique grants the listner immediate access to music with depth of thought and subtlety of execution that continues to reward more deeply on each successive listening” Aaron Holloway-Nahum, Tempo

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 new 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) conducted by Jac van Steen. As Composer in Association (2015-2019), Watkins has written several new orchestral works including the Cello Concerto for his brother, the cellist Paul Watkins, premiered at the BBC Proms under Thomas Søndergård. 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. Among works for his brother Paul Watkins is Blue Shadows Fall (2012-13), commissioned by Chamber Music Society Lincoln Center. 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.

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. More recent 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.

Music Theatre Wales has commissioned two chamber operas, both with libretti by David Harsent: Crime Fiction and In the Locked Room, a co-commission with Scottish Opera which received a new production at Staatsoper Hamburg in 2015.

As one of the UK’s finest young pianists Watkins has premiered works by Oliver Knussen, Mark-Anthony Turnage, John Woolrich and Michael Zev Gordon and has performed concertos with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra of the Swan. 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
Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth
2018-01-31 | Wales (United Kingdom), Huddinott Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Gábor Takács-Nagy
Orchestra: Sinfonia Cymru
2018-03-01 | Newtown (United Kingdom), Theatr Hafren — 19:45
Conductor: Gábor Takács-Nagy
Orchestra: Sinfonia Cymru
2018-03-02 | Cardiff (United Kingdom), Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama — 19:30
Conductor: Gábor Takács-Nagy
Orchestra: Sinfonia Cymru
2018-03-03 | Newport (United Kingdom), The Riverfront — 19:00
Conductor: Gábor Takács-Nagy
Orchestra: Sinfonia Cymru
2018-03-04 | Mold (United Kingdom), Theatr Clwyd — 19:30
Gallery

Gallery

Products

per page
  1. Tarantella

    Tarantella

    for violin and piano
    Composer: Watkins, Huw
    Instrumentation: violin and piano
    Order No.: ED 12855
    €21.50
  2. Coruscation and Reflection

    Coruscation and Reflection

    for violin and piano
    Composer: Watkins, Huw
    Instrumentation: violin and piano
    Order No.: ED 12850
    €12.50
  3. Sonata

    Sonata

    for cello and piano
    Composer: Watkins, Huw
    Instrumentation: cello and piano
    Order No.: ED 12854
    €23.50
  4. Romance

    Romance

    for violin and piano
    Composer: Watkins, Huw
    Instrumentation: violin and piano
    Order No.: ED 12865
    €14.00
  5. 2 Chorales

    2 Chorales

    for clarinet and piano
    Composer: Watkins, Huw
    Instrumentation: clarinet and piano
    Order No.: ED 12931
    €14.00
  6. Suite for Harp

    Suite for Harp

    Composer: Watkins, Huw
    Instrumentation: harp
    Order No.: ED 12974
    €12.50
  7. Four Spencer Pieces

    Four Spencer Pieces

    for piano
    Composer: Watkins, Huw
    Instrumentation: piano
    Order No.: ED 12970
    €16.00
  8. Partita

    Partita

    for solo violin
    Composer: Watkins, Huw
    Instrumentation: violin
    Order No.: ED 12973
    €11.00
  9. Pièce d'orgue

    Pièce d'orgue

    for organ
    Composer: Watkins, Huw
    Instrumentation: organ
    Order No.: ED 12972
    €7.50
  10. Dream

    Dream

    for clarinet, violin and piano
    Composer: Watkins, Huw
    Instrumentation: clarinet, violin and piano
    Edition: score and parts
    Order No.: ED 13052
    €16.00

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